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Jean (Hans) Arp. Automatic Drawing. (1917-18) (inscribed 1916)
Jean (Hans) Arp

Automatic Drawing

(1917-18) (inscribed 1916)
Not on view
Medium
Ink and pencil on paper
Dimensions
16 3/4 x 21 1/4" (42.6 x 54 cm)
Credit
Given anonymously
Object number
109.1936
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Beginning in 1917, Arp's work shifted away from geometric forms toward a more fluid, organic style. During a trip to a Swiss lake resort, Arp was inspired to evoke the branches, stones, roots, and grasses he observed, working with brush and ink. He soon began using similar shapes in his drawings, creating free flowing forms that suggest the absence of deliberate consciousness or inhibition.

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006
Provenance information
Alfred H. Barr. Jr., New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously, 1936

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