Jean Arp



Jean Arp, also known as Hans Arp (1886-1966), was an important contributor to the avant-garde movements of the 20th century. Arp was active during the crucial years that shaped European Modernism.

Arp worked in various European cities during his lifetime. However, he is particularly renowned for his association with both Dada and Surrealism, from the end of World War I until the 1930s. As one begins to explore his oeuvre, it is remarkable how he is also one of the earliest artists to embrace abstraction. 

Caviar20 recommends exploring MoMA's large holding of his work to see how early and radically he was exploring abstraction.

Arp's profound and enduring interest in the natural world is present throughout his oeuvre. His organic forms and biomorphic elements stand out as the artist's most recognizable and signature motifs, seamlessly blurring the line between abstraction and figuration. 

Birds are a recurring reference for the artist who reimagined their dynamism and spontaneity through smooth, flowing contours and fluid shapes. "Masque Oiseau" is an excellent example of Arp's mastery of form, achieving an incredible sense of weightlessness with an exceptionally minimal approach.

This elegant sculptural multiple has a custom-made black acrylic stand. 

Today, Arp's legacy is honored at the Arp Museum in Remagen, Germany. His work is celebrated in public collections internationally including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice).

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"Masque Oiseau"


Mirror-polished nickel

Incised number and artist name verso

From an edition of 300

8.75"H 10"W (work)

Minor surface scratches. Overall very good condition

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