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Sophie Taeuber-Arp Google Doodle shocks many: Who was she?

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Google Doodle shocks many: Who was she?

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Google Doodle shocks many: Who was she?

Google shocked many people it came out with doodle on Sophie Taeuber-Arp. It was her birthday and Google was celebrating the day with a doodle in her memory.

To be true most people had never even heard her name let alone having any idea of her work. Apparently this is not the first time that Google has made people realize the importance of great men and women who have contributed substantially in some way or the other in their areas of interest.

Born on 19th January 1889, Sophie Taeuber-Arp was among the greatest artists of her generation. She was a leading figure in Zürich and Paris Dada. Taeuber-Arp pushed the limits of abstraction in paintings, sculpture, and textiles. She also danced and designed sets for Dada performances.

Sophie_Taeuber-Arp photoA report on the website of National Museum of Women in the Arts while talking about her says, “Born in Davos, Switzerland, Taeuber-Arp left home at eighteen to study textile design in Germany. Returning to Zurich in 1915, she began to produce non-representational paintings, which she referred to as “concrete” paintings. The paintings were influenced by her training in textile design, as well as Cubism. At the same time, she met Jean Arp, who became a frequent artistic collaborator and eventually her husband. From 1916–1928, Taeuber-Arp taught textile design at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts. Taeuber-Arp was active in Zurich’s Dada group between 1916 and 1919; she danced in avant-garde performances at the Cabaret Voltaire, an important center of Dada activity”.

the husband and wife continued to live in Zurich after the end of the World War I, notwithstanding the fact that most of her friends left the city for Paris. She continued teaching in Zurich until 1928 when she and Jean Arp moved to Meudon, near Paris. Together with her husband and artist Theo van Doesburg, Taeuber-Arp received a commission to design the interior Café de l’Aubette (now destroyed), one of the first modernist spaces to unify form and function, in Strasbourg, France. Taeuber-Arp and her husband fled to southern France when the Nazis invaded Paris. In late 1942, they returned to Zurich, where she died the following year.

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