With its slab-like form and combination of rounded and linear silhouette, this late sculpture recalls the formal vocabulary of Arp’s early Dada reliefs. In his early works he sought out unconventional materials and embraced a creative process based on the laws of chance. It was only in 1930, at the age of forty-four, that he began creating sculpture in the round, which he usually executed first in plaster and then cast in cement (or in later years, bronze). The Dada spirit continued to inform Arp’s entire artistic production, as he sought to create “an art based on fundamentals, to cure the madness of the age”.
© Estate of Hans (Jean) Arp / SOCAN (2021)