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

Made in France, Europe

c. 1930

Painted wood

27 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches (69.8 x 85.1 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1947

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Inspired by the notion of chance as an animating force, Arp exploited the possibilities of the random in his “constellations,” a group of relief sculptures he made in Paris in the 1930s. One of the earliest in the group, this work is composed of four white and two black elements shaped like jigsaw puzzle pieces. With a twist that is typical of Arp’s humor, the title purposely contradicts the soft rhythms of the composition.


A. E. Gallatin, New York, acquired from the artist or a Paris gallery, summer 1934 [1]; gift to PMA, 1947. 1. See Arp letter of July 23, 1934: "j'ai reprie le relief de la galerie car je l'ai du repeindre entièrement. J'avertirai Chenu [presumably the shipping company of that name] qu'il vienne le prendre chez moi. J'ai fait faire une nouvelle photographie de votre relief" (Gallatin Papers, New-York Historical Society, microfilm, reel 1, frame 5). Gallatin acquired most of his works by Arp directly from the artist.