Posts Tagged ‘jean arp’

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…..Hans Jean Arp

Hans Jean Arp was born in Strausburg, France in the year 1886. Arp would become one of the worlds premiere abstract artists working not only with paintings and prints but also sculpture and abstraction in three dimensions. Arp also wrote poetry and produced collages. The artist is known by Hans and Jean as his first name because he was bilingual and called himself Jean in French and Hans when he was speaking in German. His mother was French and father German.

Price range information: Lithographic prints can be found for $1,000 to $3,000. Arp has broken the one million dollar mark for marble and bronze sculptures. Original watercolors range $20,000 to the low six figures. Collage works range $10,000 to $50,000.

In this clip we see a wide selection of works by Jean Arp. Its great to see his many abstract works that have just one shape in the middle. For an exercise compare some of these shapes to other abstract master artists such as Rex Ray, Beatriz Milhazes, and Wassily Kandinsky.

For his education the artist attended the Ecole des Arts at Metiers, which is located in Strasbourg, Germany. Arp also attended the Academie Julian in Paris, France.

1904 publishes poetry for the first time.

In 1915 moved to Switzerland to be neutral and avoided to go to war.

Original member of the DADA movement but exhibited in various shows with Surrealist artists.

Participant in the Venice Biennale in 1964.

Arp passed away in 1966 at age of 79 years old.