Posts Tagged ‘dada movement’

Artist of the moment……..Sophie Taeuber-Arp



Sophie Taeuber-Arp was a fantastic abstract painter born in Davos, Switzerland in the year 1889. Taeuber enjoyed the arts and was a painter, sculptor, and dancer. Sophie Taeuber-Arp is associated with geometric abstraction and also constructivism.

Her father was a pharmacist and died when the artist was only 2 years old. Her mother relocated the family.

Taeuber-Arp would attend various art schools and artist colonies in Germany and Switzerland.

She married the DADA married the artist Jean Arp.

Taeuber-Arp was a teacher of textile arts at the collegiate level.

The artist also penned a book on textile design. In the latter 1920s the couple would move to France and get French citizenship.  In 1940 the couple would move from Paris to the south of France to avoid the Nazis.

In 1943 she was visiting Switzerland  when she was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning.

In this clip a great montage of works by Sophie Taueber- Arp:

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $250,000.

If you enjoy geometric abstraction be sure and check out my post on Shirley Jaffe.





Artist of the moment…….Max Ernst


Max Ernst was a painter who worked in a Surrealist style and he was also the father of the previous post, Jimmy Ernst. Max Ernst was born in Bruhl, Germany in the year 1891. His father was a teacher to deaf and mute students. His father also was an amateur painter.

The artist was a painter, printmaker, and mixed media artist producing works in glass and bronze.

Ernst served his country in the first World War. As soon as the war was over he married an art history student, Luise Straus.

Max Ernst was a founding member of the D.A.D.A. movement.

Ernst enjoyed using birds in his artwork.

When he moved to the United States after World War 2, he married art patron Peggy Guggenheim. This marriage lasted a few years and Ernst would then marry artist and writer Dorothea Tanning. Of his three marriages this one lasted the longest. The couple were together for the rest of Max Ernst’s life.



In this clip a great selection of works by Max Ernst:

Max Ernst passed away in 1976 at the age of 84 years old.

Price range information: Max Ernst worked in many mediums with prints starting at $10,000 to originals which can reach $1.5 million dollars.

What a family of artists!



Artist of the moment….Antoni Tapies….

Antoni Tapies was born in Barcelona, Spain in the year 1923. Tapies was a sculptor and painter and even enjoyed discussing art theory.

Price range information: The artist was very prolific and tried many mediums. Oils can range from $5,000 to $ 828,000. Acrylics can range from 1,000 to $30,000. Lithographs and color lithographs range from $500 to $5,000. The artist also made woodcuts and monotypes as well as sculptures but not enough information is available to make a consistent price schedule.


This clip features some works by the artist from a show given in 2010.

Tapies father was a lawyer and top Republican party leader. When Tapies was only seventeen years old the artist had a heart attack from tuberculosis. He took two years to recover from this and spent this time exploring and hiking in the mountains of Europe. Tapies then set out for law school and studied for three years at the German School of Barcelona.

In 1943 the artist decided to devote himself full time to painting.

In the early 1950s the artist received a grant from the French government to attend school so he moved to Paris.

Tapies started out as a Surrealist painter. He was a leader of a group called Dau al Set, it had elements of the Surrealist and Dada movements. As an artist he was inspired by Joan Miro. Miro thought painting should be about expression rather than just about painting pretty paintings and portraits that satisfied the wealthy clients that could afford it.  Below is an example of Joan Miro’s art titled “Fish.”


Tapies was able to establish himself with a strong following in the late 1950s.

In the fifties the artist started using non art materials in his work. Similar to artists Sandy Blow and Alberto Burri whom I wrote about yesterday, the artist enjoys using such items as paint mixed with clay or marble dust. He also used string and rags in his work. Blow sometimes used cut canvas in her works.

In the 1970s the artist started to paint furniture in some works. During this time period the artist was also among the first to use spray paint on canvas.

To compare him to another artist I would say it would be Julian Schnabel or Alberto Burri. Since I wrote about Burri last time lets find a Julian Schnabel work that is close visually to Tapies’ style. Here is a wonderful example of Julian Schnabel’s style. I could imagine Tapies doing the same type of painting using a map of Catalonia and using the colors of the region’s flag.


Tapies passed away in February of 2012 at the age of eighty eight.