|PAINTER, SCULPTOR, TEXTILE DESIGNER (SWITZERLAND)|
BORN 19 Jan 1889, Davos, Graubünden - DIED 13 Jan 1943, Zürich|
BIRTH NAME Taeuber, Sophie Henriette Gertrude
CAUSE OF DEATH carbon monoxide poisoning (accidental)
GRAVE LOCATION Locarno, Ticino: Cimitero di Santa Maria in Selva, Via Valle Maggia
Sophie Taeuber was the daughter of the Prussian pharmacist Emil Taeuber. Her mother was Swiss. Her father died when she was two years old and her mother moved to Trogen, where she operated a pension. She studied textile design in Sankt-Gallen from 1906 to 1910. She also studied in Munich and in Hamburg. In 1915 she met Dada artist Hans Arp in Zurich. They married in 1922.
From 1916 to 1929 she taught at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zürich. In Zurich she was involved in the Cabaret Voltaire where she worked as a dancer, choreographer and puppeteer. In 1926 she moved with her husband to Strasbourg and part of time they lived in Paris. In 1928 they settled in Meudon. In the 1930 she was part of the group Cercle et Carré. In 1940 they fled Paris for the nazis and moved to Grasse. Towards the end of 1942 they fled to Switzerland, where she died of carbon monoxide poisoning cauded by a stove at the house of Max Bill.
Husband: Arp, Hans (1922-1943)
had work owned by Arp-Hagenbach, Marguerite
was a friend of Duchamp, Marcel
cooperated with Hennings, Emmy