Artist Birthdays September 16 – JEAN ARP

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JEAN (HANS) ARP (September 16, 1886 – June 7, 1966)

  • Nationality: German-French
  • Field: Painting, sculpture
  • Art Movement: Dadaism, Surrealism
  • ARTiFact: During WWI, he devised a creative way of avoiding being drafted into the German army. Upon being summoned to the embassy, he took the paperwork he was given and, in the first blank, wrote the date. He then wrote the date in every other space as well, drew a line beneath them and carefully added them up. He then took off all his clothes and went to hand in his paperwork. He was told to go home.
  • Artist Quote: “Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother’s womb.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Collage with Squares Arranged according to the Laws of Chance, 1916-17.

Jean Arp. Collage with Squares Arranged according to the Laws of Chance. 1916-17. © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

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