Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin 1887 - Basel, Switzerland 1966
plaster with paint
Dimensions (HxWxD): 30 x 14 x 12 in.
Acc. No.: 77.1
Credit Line: Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Mme. Jean Arp
Photo credit: Seattle Art Museum
- artist's atelier
- by inheritance to his widow, Marguerite Hagenbach (Mme. Jean Arp)
- 1977, February 1, Gift of Mme. Jean Arp
- Museum's website, August 18, 2015
- Museum's website, August 18, 2015:
Jean Arp, a leader of the Swiss Dada movement, often used biomorphic forms in his work to bridge the natural and the man-made. This late example has a strong suggestion of the human form, but as the title implies, attempts to blend distinctions between a torso and an unspecified piece of fruit. The creative confusion that results reminds us that our brains are hard-wired to define objects as one thing or another.
(Michael Darling, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, 2009)