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Sophie Taeuber-Arp: A Life Through Art

Sophie Taeuber-Arp: A Life Through Art

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An intimate look at the life and career of the Dada hero known for the unique joy of her work across mediums, authored by her great-niece and buttressed with archival material.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889–1943) was a pioneer of modern art. She was at the center of Zurich’s Dada movement and is considered the most important female Swiss artist of the early 20th century. She was a modern dancer, painter, sculptor, textile artist, designer; and interior architect. She made 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 Taeuber-Arp remained passionately devoted to her art despite the threat of two world wars. Through her work, she not only found and preserved her inner self and joy in extremely difficult circumstances, but also tapped enormous strength to endure the challenges in her life and remain true to herself.

The author, Silvia Boadella, is 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at the world through Taeuber-Arp’s eyes, when drawing from family memories, stories, and documents as well as from unpublished sources. She has created a visually and verbally powerful narrative that for the first time connects stations in Taeuber-Arp'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 woven through the text to offer direct emotional access to Taeuber-Arp's works and allow the reader to engage with them creatively, and to experience first-hand how the artist lives on through her art.

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages, with 50 illustrations
  • Written by Silvia Boadella (Taeuber-Arp's great niece)
  • Published July 13, 2021
  • 10¼ × 8½ inches (26 × 21.5 cm)
  • Dual language publication (English and German)

About the Author

Silvia Boadella, PhD, great-niece of Sophie Taeuber-Arp, is a writer and psychotherapist and directs the International Institute for Biosynthesis (Switzerland), where she teaches her own creative combination of art, therapy and dance.

Explore related artwork by Sophie Taeuber-Arp at the Chrysler Museum

Product Details

  • Product Type: Monograph
  • Shipping Weight: 2.37 lb (37.8 oz; 1073 g)
  • SKU010005185 | ISBN: 9788857243320

About Artbook | D. A. P.

Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. is America’s premier source for books on twentieth and twenty-first century art, photography, design and aesthetic culture. Founded in 1990 in downtown New York at a time when fine and sometimes esoteric international art books had a difficult time making their way into the wider American marketplace, over the past three decades D.A.P. has grown into a major international distributor of books, special editions and rare publications from an array of the world’s most respected publishers, museums and cultural institutions.

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