French Sculpture Census

photo credit : University of Michigan Museum of Art
artist © : Fair Use (Section 107, Copyright Act, 1976)

ARP, Jean/Hans
Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin 1887 - Basel, Switzerland 1966

Fruit pré-adamite
Pre-Adamic Fruit

bronze with wood base

free-standing abstract
11 7/16 x 9 13/16 x 7 7/8

Acc. No. : 1948/2.26
Credit Line : Museum Purchase

Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Michigan Museum of Art


  • 1948, Museum Purchase


  • Museum's website, 30 April 2010
  • 1962 Ann Arbor
    A handbook of the collections of The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 1962, no. 52, 52a, repr.


Museum's website, 30 April 2010:
An example of Jean (Hans) Arp's interest in biomorphic abstraction. In its attention to basic, generic biomorphic shapes the piece is a kind of study of primordial organic forms, forms suggestive of all manner of life but not representing anything specifically.