Sophie Taeuber-Arp

1889 (Davos, Switzerland) – 1943 (Zürich)

She met Arp at an exhibition of his, thus beginning a lifelong professional and personal involvement. A participant in Cabaret Voltaire events, she met Tzara, Janco and Richter, as well as performing with Wigman and Laban (with whom she studied). Lissitzky, Höch, van Doesburg and Moholy-Nagy were all met on holiday in Austria (the following summer was spent with Höch and Schwitters). The Arps were close to Ball and Hemmings, while the Delaunays became friends for life. Kandinsky, Miró and Duchamp were among other Paris friends. Her last New Year’s Eve was spent at Bill’s, where she died of gas poisoning.