Jean cosmic forms, 2019,
Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11" (36 x 28 cm)
Sophie's lyrical abstraction, 2019,
Acrylic on canvas, 14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)
Configuration with Two Dangerous Points, a humorous title, is a painted-wood relief belonging to a series completed in the 1930s.
He stated that ‘the forms that I created between 1927 and 1948 and that I called cosmic forms were vast forms meant to englobe a multitude of forms such as: the egg / the planetary orbit / … the bud / the human head / the breast / the sea shell / … I constellated these forms “according to the laws of chance”.
Sophie Taeuber-Arp illustrates her comments with emoji relating to the artwork.
The comment of Piet Mondrian is based on his quotes “Art should be above reality, otherwise it would have no value for man” and “I very much like Arp's things. I consider him the only 'pure' artist after Neo/Plasticism”.
In the 30s, Sophie Taeuber-Arp explored the circle which represented the cosmic metaphor, the form that contains all others. She referred to this period as “ping pictures”. This artwork Dynamic Circles was painted in 1934. Taeuber-Arp appears to be among the first artists to use the polka dots in fine art, in the footsteps of Malevich and his Black Circle (1915).
Jean Arp comment is based on his quote “her work became a symbol for me of divine creation, which men in their vanity have demolished and soiled”.
Kandisky wrote that she “expressed herself (…) using (…) the simplest forms” which “by their sobriety (…) is often only a whisper (…) more expressive, more convincing, more persuasive than the loud voice that here and there lets itself burst out.” The fairy emoji is a referral to her past as a talented dancer.
Sources: Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory, Paul Crowther, Isabel Wünsche, 2012Mondrian, - The Art of Destruction, Carel Blotkamp, 2001
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Carolyn Lanchner 1981