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

Jean (Hans) Arp

Untitled (Automatic Drawing)

1917–18 (inscribed 1916)

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
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Jean (Hans) Arp has 67 works  online.
There are 14,914 drawings online.

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

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Alfred H. Barr. Jr., New York

The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Given anonymously, 1936

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