24 cm x 23.8 cm (9 7/16 in. x 9 3/8 in.)
(Davos, Switzerland, 1889 - 1943, Zurich, Switzerland)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Charles and Dorothy Clark, 1975
Sophie Taeuber-Arp is widely considered to be one of the earliest pioneers of geometric art. A multi-disciplinary artist working with paint, wood, textiles, and glass, she strove for compositional balance by carefully arranging shapes and colors on flat planes. This early example already shows a restraint and sophistication that her older contemporaries took years to develop. Her advantage was a background in textiles, which allowed her to visualize and execute vertical-horizontal compositional structures, similar to the “warp and woof” structure in weaving.