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Jean (Hans) Arp, French (born Germany), 1886 - 1966

Made in France, Europe


Painted wood

12 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches (31.1 x 24.8 x 6 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 269, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1947

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Arp’s wood reliefs, consisting of layered shapes painted in distinct colors, stand out from the wall with palpable physicality. Their titles typically refer to natural forms or simple objects. However, in assembling the shapes, Arp remakes those familiar things into new and uncommon entities. Metamorphosis, rather than a static depiction of things in the world, was Arp’s guiding principle.


Purchased from the artist by A. E. Gallatin, New York, summer 1933 [1]; gift to PMA, 1947. 1. See Gail Stavitsky, The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A. E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph. D. diss., New York University], 1990, v. 1, p. 248, and v. 6, p. 4. The acquisition was announced in a Gallery of Living Art press release, December 9, 1933.

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