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Hans Arp (AKA Jean Arp), French, (September 16, 1887–June 7, 1966)

Creation date: 1938
Creation place: France

Other Information

Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Gift of the Susan and Frank Kockritz Trust
Accession Number: 2002.20
Dimensions: 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 1/4 in. (12.07 cm x 12.07 cm x 10.8 cm)
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Curt Valentin Gallery, ( - early 1950s)

Hans (Jean) Arp, (1938 - )

Jane Wade, La Jolla, California (early 1950s - February 24, 1978)

Susan and Frank Kockritz Trust, La Jolla, California (February 24, 1978 - 1994)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1994 - )

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April 2003
Paris: A Century as Europe's Art Capital

When Arp arrived in Paris in the 1920s from his native Alsace, he entered into the world of an avant-garde that was already steeped in the exploration of abstract form and thought. He had been a founding member of the Dada group and also had experimented with Surrealism and Constructivism. In Paris, he associated with the artists of the Cercle et Carré (including Pierre Daura) and later joined Art Concret and Abstraction-Création (where he met Jean Hélion).

Arp worked in a variety of media including collage, printmaking, and painting. He first worked in sculpture—which he referred to as concretions—in 1929. He began by using wood and stone and eventually turned to plaster and bronze. His sensual, rounded forms refer to those found in nature, ranging from seashells to the female figure.
Last Updated: 4/29/2014


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

American: Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/2014 - 8/26/2014

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

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