Thinking of giving art for Christmas? Explore our gift guide

Meret Oppenheim

Born in: 1913

Switzerland

Biography
Translation in progress

Méret Oppenheim was born on 6 October 1913 in Berlin. Oppenheim is named after Meretlein, a wild child who lives in the woods, from the novel Green Henry by Gottfried Keller. Oppenheim had two siblings, a sister named Kristin (born 1915) and a brother named Burkhard (born 1919). Her father, a German-Jewish doctor, was conscripted into the army at the outbreak of war in 1914. Consequently, Oppenheim and her mother, who was Swiss, moved to live with Oppenheim's maternal grandparents in Delémont, Switzerland. In Switzerland, Oppenheim was exposed to art and artists from a young age. Oppenheim was inspired by her aunt, Ruth Wenger, especially by Wenger's devotion to art and her modern lifestyle. Oppenheim discovered the writings of Carl Jung, a friend of her father's, and was inspired to record her dreams in 1928. Her dreams would serve as important sources for much of her art throughout her life. The work of Paul Klee, the focus of a retrospective at the Kunshalle Basel in 1929, provided another strong influence on Oppenheim, arousing her to the possibilities of abstraction. In 1932, at the age of 18, Oppenheim moved to Paris and sporadically attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1933 she met Hans Arp and Alberto Giacometti who, after visiting her studio and seeing her work, invited her to participate in the Surrealist exhibition in the “Salon des Surindépendants,” held in Paris between 27 October and 26 November. Oppenheim met André Breton and began to participate in meetings at the Café de la Place Blanche with the Surrealist circle. The conceptual approach favored by Marchel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and Francis Picabia became important to her work.
Read more
    Tags
  • Print

  • Print Etching

  • Print Lithography

  • Swiss Artist

Share this artist

In time for Christmas
Meret Oppenheim, Untitled, Print

Meret Oppenheim

Untitled, 1976
12.4 x 18.9 inch
Print

$769

Few works remaining by Meret Oppenheim

These are the last remaining works by Meret Oppenheim.
To be notified by email when new works become available click on the button below.

Meret Oppenheim doesn’t have any exhibitions.

We’re sorry but the artist doesn’t currently have any exhibitions.
Follow Meret Oppenheim to receive a notification as soon as new exhibitions are added.

  • Similar artists