“I allow myself to be guided by the work which is in the process of being born. I do not think about it. The forms arrive pleasant, or strange…”


photo by Arnold Newman, 1949

“While guns rumbled in the distance, we sang, painted, made collages and wrote poems with all our might. We were seeking an art based on fundamentals, to cure the madness of the age, and find a new order of things that would restore the balance between heaven and hell.”

Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Jean Arp, 1919

“Ever since my childhood, I was haunted by the search for perfection. An imperfectly cut paper literally made me ill.”

“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.”
Jean Arp
sculptor, painter, poet and  founding member of the Dada movement…born on September 16, 1886 in Strasbourg, France.

Mountain, Navel, Anchors, Table, gouache on board with cutouts, 1925

Overturned Blue Shoe with Two Heels Under a Black Vault (1925)

Back row: Man Ray, Jean Arp, Yves Tanguy and André Breton.
Front row: Tristan Tzara, Salvador Dalí, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst and Rene Crevel.
(Photo Man Ray, 1930)


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