Modern and Contemporary Art
Point on Point
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss, 1889 - 1943
Oil on canvas© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
25 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches (64.8 x 54 cm)
* Gallery 180, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor
1952-61-120A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
LabelSophie Taeuber-Arp's work is characterized by geometric severity and symmetry of forms and colors. Trying to break with traditions that considered painting a higher art form, and excluded the craftwork of women, she and husband Jean Arp often worked together to produce paintings, collages, embroideries, and weavings.
Gift to the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the A. E. Gallatin Collection, by Jean (Hans) Arp, husband of the artist, 1949 ; bequest to PMA, 1952.
1. See Gail Stavitsky, The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A. E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph. D. dissertation, New York University], 1990, v. 9, p. 278, citing Arp's letter of April 6 and August 28, 1948 to Gallatin, and Gallatin's letter of May 24, 1949 to Fiske Kimball, director of the PMA.
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