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ARP, Jean/Hans

Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin 1887 - Basel, Switzerland 1966

Pistil

Pistil

1950

limestone

free-standing abstract

Dimensions (HxWxD): 33 12 x 15 12 x 12 in.

Acc. No.: 654:1958

Credit Line: Gift of Morton D. May

Photo credit: Saint Louis Art Museum


Provenance

  • 1958, Saint Louis, MO Morton D. May and Margie Wolcott May
  • 1958, Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Morton D. May

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, June 18, 2015
  • 1957 Seuphor
    Michel Seuphor, Arp, Paris, Collection prisme, 1957

Exhibitions

  • 1958 New York
    Arp, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1958

    1960 New York
    Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, New York, Galerie Chalette, October-November 1960

    1997 St. Louis
    The Dual Muse: The Writer As Artist, The Artist As Writer, St. Louis, Washington University Gallery of Art, November 7-December 21, 1997

Comment

  • Museum's website, June 18, 2015:
    The undulating contours of this sculpture suggest a female figure in motion. Beginning in the 1920s, Jean Arp produced sensuous, biomorphic forms that hover between figuration and abstraction. The title of this work references the female reproductive organ found in a flower and highlights the sexual undercurrent of Arp’s work. Arp was closely linked with the Surrealists in Paris and affirmed that “it is reason developed to excess that man has to thank for his being a grotesque and ugly character.