In 1930, Sophie Taeuber-Arp joined the Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square) group – a collective of abstract artists, founded in 1929 to counteract the influence of Surrealism. Painted in oils and metallic pigments on canvas, Taeuber-Arp here uses traditional materials to create a modern, geometric piece, true to the tenets of Cercle et Carré. Its simple, yet bold colour palette and composition makes it a striking piece.
Composition of Circles and Overlapping Angles
Date of work
Original: Oil paint and metallic pigments on canvas 49.5 × 64.1 cm The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Riklis Collection of McCrory Corporation
Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889–1943) was an artist but also a dancer, designer, puppet maker, architect and editor. A true pioneer of modern art, she became a teacher after studying art and dance and later taught others how to design patterns for textiles. She ‘lived abstraction’, and became one of the most important concrete and geometric abstract artists. Responsible for co-founding the dada art movement, Tauber-Arp’s way with colours and shapes unlocked new possibilities in art, costume and interior design.