Point on Point
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss, 1889 - 1943
Made in France, Europe Date:
Oil on canvasDimensions:
25 1/2 x 21 1/4inches (64.8 x 54cm)
Framed: 33 1/4 x 29 x 2 3/4 inches (84.5 x 73.7 x 7 cm)Curatorial Department:
European PaintingObject Location:
Currently not on viewAccession Number:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952
Much of Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s work is characterized by a severity and symmetry of color and design. As an active participant in the Zurich Dada movement of the late 1910s, she broke with traditions that privileged painting over other art forms, producing collages, embroideries, and weavings in predominantly abstract styles. By the 1930s—then living in Paris with her husband, artist Jean Arp—she became increasingly dedicated to pure abstraction. Point on Point
, made during that period, demonstrates the geometric composition and reduced, primary palette that together show the influence of De Stijl artists Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian.
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.