The life and art of a leading artist of the 20th centuryRead more
Sophie Taeuber-Arp is a pioneer of modern art. She was at the center of Zurich’s Dada movementand is considered the most important female Swiss artist of the early twentieth century.She was a modern dancer, painter, sculptor, textile artist, designer, and interior architect. Shemade paper, textiles, wood, and glass shine – she bound light to matter in paintings, jewelry,embroidery, rugs, marionettes, furniture, and sculptures.
This unique portrait shows how Sophie remained passionately devoted to her art despite thethreat of two world wars. Through her work, she not only found and preserved her inner selfand joy in extremely difficult circumstances, but also tapped enormous strength to endure thechallenges in her life and remain true to herself.
The author, Silvia Boadella, is Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s great-niece and grew up with Sophie’s art.Her approach is intimate and empathetic, as if she were looking at the world through Sophie’seyes, when drawing from family memories, stories, and documents as well as from unpublishedsources. She has created a visually and verbally powerful narrative that for the first timeconnects stations in Sophie’s life with her works. Through the many, well-chosen illustrations,including photographs from the family archives, she makes this story into a lively experience.Fundamental topics central to every human life, such as love, birth, and death, are woventhrough the text to offer direct emotional access to Sophie’s works and allow the reader toengage with them creatively, and to experience first-hand how the artist lives on through her art.