About this artwork
A founding member of the Dada movement in Zurich, who was later involved with the Surrealists, Jean Arp questioned traditional notions of art. He experimented with spontaneous and seemingly irrational methods of artistic creation, embracing the notion of chance—a kind of depersonalization of the creative process that would influence subsequent generations of artists. Arp also challenged traditional artistic media, seeking to make abstract paper collages and machine-sawn wood reliefs that existed between the disciplines of painting and sculpture. Made of curvilinear, organic shapes, Arp’s reliefs explore a new, abstract “biomorphic” language that he shared with Joan Miró, André Masson, and other artists associated with Surrealism. Though Arp’s works are abstract, titles like Manicure-Relief often serve as witty interpretative codes suggesting an object’s counterpart in the physical world.
- Jean (Hans) Arp
- Manicured Relief
- Painted wood
- 33 × 45.7 × 7 cm (13 × 18 × 2 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Frank B. Hubachek
- © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn