Sophie Taeuber-Arp and the Avant-Garde: A Biography

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University of Chicago Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Roswitha Mair is an independent writer, biographer, and curator who lives in Innsbruck, Austria.
Damion Searls is an award-winning translator from German, Norwegian, French, and Dutch, and the author of The Inkblots, a history of the Rorschach test and biography of its creator.


"Roswitha Mair's biography of Sophie Taeuber, first published in German in 2013, delves into a range of unpublished sources, not only those held at the Fondation Arp in Paris, but also those still in the keeping of the Taeuber family, among them her elder sister's letters and diaries. This trove - it even includes the original plan for the Trogen house - is especially helpful in building a picture of Sophie's early life."-- "London Review of Books"
"The writing, in a highly readable translation by Damion Searls, is lucid and direct. The entire story, presented in just under two hundred pages, has an easy, agile pace."-- "New York Review of Books"
"The biography greatly benefits from Mair's access to private diaries and letters . . . . Mair's biographical account effectively exposes the risks and challenges facing European women artists in the early twentieth century."
-- "Woman's Art Journal"

"A biography of Sophie Taeuber is, without question, a necessary project, and Mair answers this need with an engaging and finely crafted book. It will be valuable, not only for historians' reevaluation of Taeuber's career but also for a general appreciation of the complexities and contradictions of the fascinating years in which she lived and worked."-- "Megan R. Luke, University of Southern California"