T05007 Danger of Death 1954 Danger de mort
Pencil on laid paper 322 × 257 (12 5/8 × 10 1/8)
Inscribed ‘Arp’ on back b.r.
Presented by Mr and Mrs Robert Lewin through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987
Prov: Bought from the artist by Galerie Denise René, Paris 1959; Brook Street Gallery (Robert Lewin) by July 1963
Exh: Modern Sculpture and Sculptors' Drawings, Brook Street Gallery, July–Oct. 1963 (67, as ‘Danger de mort’); Il Surrealismo, Agenzia d'Arte Moderna and Toninelli Arte Moderna, Rome, Dec. 1976, p.63, no number
‘Danger of Death’ is one of a number of drawings by Arp of the 1950s and 1960s with wavering lines, called by Arp ‘Erdbebenlinie’ (‘earthquake’ or ‘seismic lines’). Arp continued in this period to sculpt and draw using the curving, organic shapes for which he is best known. However, in certain drawings and prints he used the tremulous quality of such ‘earthquake lines’ to express the unplanned nature and uncertain development of his imagery, and also to explore the distinction between abstract and representational marks…