Jean Arp (Hans Arp)
Torn-Up Woodcut 1920–54

Artwork details

Jean Arp (Hans Arp) 1886–1966
Torn-Up Woodcut
Bois déchiré
Date 1920–54
Medium Wood engraving on paper on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 213 x 165 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Robert Lewin through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1970
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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