ARP, Jean/Hans

Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin 1887 - Basel, Switzerland 1966

Plastron et fourchette

Shirt Front and Fork




Dimensions (HxWxD): 23 x 27 916 x 2 38 in.

Acc. No.: 1983.3.1

Credit Line: Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington


  • Strasburg, Dr. Nordman
  • Paris, Galerie de Beaune
  • by 1941, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York
  • 1950, 16 February, New York, sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, n. 43
  • by 1958, George Heard Hamilton, Williamstown, MA
  • 1983, 11 March, purchased by National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund


  • Museum's website, 2nd August 2011
  • 1958 Soby
    James Thrall Soby, ed., Arp, New York, 1958, p. 30-32, repr.
  • 1967 Hamilton
    George Heard Hamilton, Painting and Sculpture in Europe. Baltimore, 1967, p. 313, repr. p. 176
  • 1968 Rubin
    William S. Rubin, Dada and Surrealist Art, New York, 1968, p. 256
  • 1981 Rau
    Bernard Rau, Jean Arp: The Reliefs. Catalogue of Complete Works, New York, 1981, n. 39
  • 1994 NGA Washington
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 23, repr.


  • 1941 Philadelphia
    Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1941, n. 1

    1967 New York
    Space and Dream, M. Knoedler and Co., New York, 1967, unnumbered catalogue, repr.

    1983 Washington
    Arp: The Dada Reliefs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1983, brochure, repr.

    1986-1987 Stuttgart/Strasbourg/Paris
    Arp 1886-1966, traveling exhibition, 6 venues, 1986-1988, n. 90 (shown only at first three venues: Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart; Musée d'Art Moderne de Strasbourg; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)

    2005-2006 Paris/Washington/New York
    Dada, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2005-2006, n. 348, repr.

    2008-2009 Strasbourg/Remagen
    Art is Arp, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg; Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, 2008-2009, n. 145, repr.

Related works

  • Painted wood relief, Shirt Front and Fork, Graindorge collection, Liège.
    Painted wood relief, Assiette, fourchette et nombril, Christie's New York, sale, 12 November 1984.