Geometric shapes were important to Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s work throughout her career, and a big part of her abstract work. She explored her Vertical-Horizontal Composition
series in paint, pencils, pens and textiles, constructing her works using bold angles and colours. This is one of her experiments in coloured pencil and graphite, a medium she would work extensively in when later fleeing the Second World War.
Large Triangle: Vertical-Horizontal Composition
Date of work
Original: Coloured pencil and graphite on paper 19.3 × 23.6 cm Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin Photo: Alex Delfanne
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.