Jean Arp (Hans Arp)
Impish Fruit 1943

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Jean Arp (Hans Arp) 1886–1966
Impish Fruit
Fruit de lutin
Date 1943
Medium Walnut
Dimensions Object: 298 x 210 x 28 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Robert Lewin through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987
Not on display

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The irregularly rounded shapes of this relief suggest the forms of natural, growing things. This association is emphasised by the title. Arp saw the relentless growth in nature as an indication of spontaneity and intuition that the artist should emulate. He saw these qualities as necessary antidotes to the rationalism of the modern world. Using forms that had denoted a body in an earlier work, he inverted them so that the legs became the impish ears of a new creature.

December 2005

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