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Hans (Jean) Arp

Lion of the Cyclades: Seated

Artist

Hans (Jean) Arp
Strasbourg 1886 – Basel 1966

Title

Lion of the Cyclades: Seated

Date

1957

Materials

Marble

Dimensions

50.8 x 61 x 30.5 cm

Credits

Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, inv. 1960.1243

Collection

Western Art

This sculpture, which can be positioned in more than one way for display, is exemplary of Arp’s distinctive formal repertoire, with its fluid biomorphic forms. It takes its inspiration from the static and majestic Lions of Delos, the seventh century B.C. marble sculptures of lions from the island of Delos in the Greek Cyclades. Arp’s playful approach underscores the sense of organic movement of the sculpture.

© Estate of Hans (Jean) Arp / SOCAN (2020)

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