Somersault

1942, Hans (Jean) Arp

  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016/ Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Foto: Mick Vincenz
    Hans (Jean) Arp, Sommersault, 1942, Bronze (0/5, Rudier 1976)
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 20156/ Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, photo: Mick Vincenz
Arp on Arp, Poems, Essays, Memories, ed. by Marcel Jean, New York 1972, p. 341.

»As I work, friendly, strange, evil, inexplicable, mute, or sleeping forms arise. They take shape on their own. I seem merely to set my hands in motion.«

About the Work

Bronze (0/5, Rudier 1976)

Height: 35 cm

 

Here Arp clearly describes his intuitive approach to his work. The forms arise spontaneously. They are not planned in advance; they are not based on sketches. The sculpture Somersault will no doubt also have arisen in this manner. It is one of a series of small-format sculptures – hybrid creatures whose bulges and elongated protrusions extend apparently uncontrollably into space. The forms start to proliferate before our eyes, recalling the tentacles of sea creatures or creepers.

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