Jean Arp / Hans Arp. Composition (relief) (or Form), (1934).

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2 April 2019 | Updated 9 October 2019

Jean Arp / Hans Arp
Composition (relief) (or Form), (1934)
Wood relief
19 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (49.8 x 49.8 cm)
Acquired 1945 from Valentine Dudensing Gallery
(L01136-42)


The following is an excerpt from: Miller Company Collection of Abstract Art. (1948). Painting toward architecture, p. 102. [Essay by Henry-Russell Hitchcock; foreword by Alfred H. Barr, Jr.; introduction by Burton Tremaine; acknowledgements by Emily Hall Tremaine, art director; certain artwork entries by Mary Chalmers Rathbun; graphic design by Bradbury Thompson].

"In the mid-1920s... Arp was one of first artists in Paris to move away from the formalism of most Parisian art of the time toward freer shapes and a psychological rather than a mechanistic approach to simplified forms. Whether or not his forms are recognizable, the curves of their outlines are not mathematical but have rather the fluid continuity of biological shapes. He ranges all the way from two-dimensional media to sculpture in the round..."

"The richly lyric curves of his mature work are echoed in the work of architects as far apart as the Finnish Aalto and the Brazilian Niemeyer. In their work, the free-flowing curve in a plan, a melodic counterpoint to the regular rhythms of skeleton construction, has become a powerful vehicle of architectural expression. This may very likely not be due in either case to a direct influence from Arp. Yet in a general way, at least, later abstract art such as Arp’s has helped to ease and broaden the expressive possibilities of modern architecture. The more biological and psychological attitude of architects today, paralleling in some ways the psychosomatic approach in medicine, is certainly closer to Arp than to Mondrian." (Mary Chalmers Rathbun)

The current location of Arp’s Composition (relief) is unknown.

To learn more about the exhibitions featuring Arp’s Composition (relief) since 1947, click the link(s) to article and exhibition compilations with documentation below.

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