Jean Arp (Hans Arp)
According to the Laws of Chance 1933

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Jean Arp (Hans Arp) 1886–1966
According to the Laws of Chance
Selon les lois du hasard
Date 1933
Medium Sugar paper on plyboard
Dimensions Support: 159 x 173 mm
Frame: 404 x 420 x 205
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mr Robert Lewin through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987
Not on display

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Arp felt that he could incorporate chance within artistic production, comparing the role of the artist to a plant bearing fruit. According to the Laws of Chance shows Arp playing with random composition, in this case dropping painted pieces of paper onto a surface. Torn Woodcut was made in a similar way in 1954, using the pieces of a Dada print he had made in 1920.

April 2008

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