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Jean Arp
Sculpture to be Lost in the Forest (Sculpture à être perdue dans la forêt)
1932, cast c.1953–8

90 x 222 x 154 mm
On display at Tate Liverpool © DACS, 2016

Tate Britain

Excerpt from Tate Britain, London:

Jean Arp (Hans Arp) 1886–1966
Sculpture to be Lost in the Forest
Sculpture à être perdue dans la forêt

Date 1932, cast c.1953–8

Additional Object Information:

Object: 90 x 222 x 154 mm
Object: 60 x 120 x 100 mm
Object: 65 x 55 x 93 mm

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In the 1920s and 1930s Arp developed a type of biomorphic sculpture that suggested a parallel between artistic creativity and creation in nature. The shapes in his work evoke worn pebbles, buds and other natural forms. He created these sculptures using a quasi-automatic process of sanding away at a plaster model until he was satisfied with the shape. ‘I work until enough of my life has flowed into its body’, he said. His efforts to link his work with nature included placing sculptures in the forest near his home at Meudon, where they could be discovered by unsuspecting passers-by.

November 2012


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Jean Arp, French, b. Germany, (1886-1966)
b. September 16, 1886, Strasbourg
d. 1966

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