Growth

A work made of white marble.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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  • A work made of white marble.

Date:

1938/60

Artist:

Jean (Hans) Arp
French, born Germany (Alsace), 1886–1966

About this artwork

Jean Arp was a leader in the development of the organic, curving language of biomorphism, which infused Surrealism with forms alluding to growth, fecundity, and the natural world. In the early 1930s, Arp began to translate his abstract style into three-dimensional sculptures, emphasizing the natural processes of metamorphosis in art. The artist often realized his sculptures first in plaster, a medium that responded easily to touch and allowed for the element of chance in the creative process, and later in an edition in different media (often bronze). This sculpture is a unique marble enlargement of Arp’s original plaster. The medium—with its hard, bonelike appearance—emphasizes the human, torsolike forms of Growth.

On View

Modern Art, Gallery 398

Artist

Jean (Hans) Arp

Title

Growth

Origin

France

Date

1938–1960

Medium

White marble

Dimensions

43 × 17 1/2 × 11 in. (109 × 44.5 × 28 cm)

Credit Line

Grant J. Pick Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1965.357

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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