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Crayon drawings

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

  • © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Foto: Mick Vincenz
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    Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Untitled (Grasse), 1942
    © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, photo: Mick Vincenz
  • © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Foto: Mick Vincenz
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    Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Route Napoleon, 1940
    © Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, photo: Mick Vincenz

About the Works

n.T. (Grasse), 1942
Crayon drawing, 26,5 x 34,5 cm

Route Napoleon, 1940
Crayon drawing, 26,5 x 34,7 cm

Between 1939 and 1942 the freehand line became the defining means of expression during an intensive phase in Sophie Taeuber-Arp's oeuvre. The contours, which had hitherto been closed and with which she sketched shells or leaves, opened up and took on a life of their own to form rhythmically dynamic looping forms. Instead of a graphite pencil the artist mostly used coloured crayons. The lines hover in front of the unusually free background, meeting in ever-new variations: sometimes orderly and sometimes apparently chaotic or combined with straight, angular elements. Frequently Taeuber-Arp defines coloured areas in the spaces in between, which form a tension-filled counterpoint to the otherwise flowing movements. She named these line pictures after the places in the South of France where they were produced: Nérac, Veyrier and finally Grasse. Nothing in these colourful, weightless rhythms seems to point towards the threatening period in exile, overshadowed by war, during which they were created.

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