Jean Arp (Hans Arp) Constellation According to the Laws of Chance c.1930

Artwork details

Artist
Jean Arp (Hans Arp) 1886–1966
Title
Constellation According to the Laws of Chance
Constellation selon les lois du hasard
Date c.1930
Medium Painted wood
Dimensions Object: 549 x 698 mm
frame: 772 x 910 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by E.C. Gregory 1959
Reference
T00242

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Arp felt that modern society had become over-dependent on reason. He hoped to redress the balance by developing an art that consciously evoked the forms and laws of nature without copying them. The rounded shapes in this relief may suggest clouds or planets, while the ‘laws’ of the title are those of flux and chance that characterise the ‘inaccessible order’ of nature. Arp’s interest in chance extended to the making of his reliefs. He ordered them from a craftsman, but left his instructions ambiguous in order to encourage the craftsman's free interpretation.

December 2005

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