ARP, Jean/Hans

Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin 1887 - Basel, Switzerland 1966




painted wood


Dimensions (HxWxD): 13 x 18 x 2 14 in.

[no inscription]

Acc. No.: 1951.200

Credit Line: Gift of Frank B. Hubachek, 1951.200

Photo credit: ph. Art Institute of Chicago


  • 1951, Gift of Frank B. Hubachek


  • Museum's website, September 4, 2013
  • 1973 Jianou
    Ionel Jianou, Jean Arp, Paris: Edition d’Art, 1973, p. 59


  • 1952 Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Institute, 1952

    1980 Münster
    Reliefs: Formprobleme zwischen Malerei und Skulptur im 20. Jahrhundert, Münster, Germany, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, June 1–August 3, 1980, p. 167


  • Museum's website, September 4, 2013:
    A founding member of the Dada movement in Zurich, who was later involved with the Surrealists, Jean Arp questioned traditional notions of art. He experimented with spontaneous and seemingly irrational methods of artistic creation, embracing the notion of chance—a kind of depersonalization of the creative process that would influence subsequent generations of artists. Arp also challenged traditional artistic media, seeking to make abstract paper collages and machine-sawn wood reliefs that existed between the disciplines of painting and sculpture. Made of curvilinear, organic shapes, Arp’s reliefs explore a new, abstract “biomorphic” language that he shared with Joan Miró, André Masson, and other artists associated with Surrealism. Though Arp’s works are abstract, titles like Manicure-Relief often serve as witty interpretative codes suggesting an object’s counterpart in the physical world.
    (Permanent collection label)