Jean (Hans) Arp
Jean (Hans) Arp, 1887-1966
Soleil Recerclé no 8. Around the Sun no 8.
Original woodcut in colours. 1962/65. Signed in pencil. Numbered (vii) from the special edition of 10 (x) signed proof impressions. Before the regular signed edition of 60 impressions and the unsigned album edition of 185. Issued as No 1 in the series: Soleil Recerclé. Published by Broder, Paris 1966. Ref: Arntz - Arp Graphisches Werk no 261 Extremely fine brilliantly fresh impression. On pale cream handmade Auvergne paper with the Arp watermark. Extremely fine condition. Full margins. Sheet: 21 1/2 x 17 1/4ins. Image:13 5/8 x 12 3/4ins. (345x325mm).
The series of woodcut images which Arp made on the theme of 'Around the Sun - Soleil Recerclé' were the last great graphic project of his life. Despite their late date, however, they show that Arp's inspiration remained totally fresh, in fact with a renewed stimulus in the medium. The surface quality of the woodblocks allowed him to instil the forms with a sense of texture which he used to complement the form. As in much of Arp's work of the late period colour also plays a strong role, here black and yellow, arranged so that the yellow seems like an inner gleam enclosed in a three-dimensional way by the outer darkness. It is the anthropomorphic quality of Arp's art which makes his forms appeal so directly to our inner emotions. The sensual flow of the contours, the sense of enclosure, of inner and outer surfaces, and the quality of rhythm, these are the elements through which Arp's art is communicated. Arp was one of the founders of the Dada movement. An essential tenet of Dada was the rejection of representation and pictorial emotion and the communication of ideas through the subliminal inner senses. It was still those ideas which inspired Arp at the end of his life, and which are so beautifully expressed in the 'Soleil Recerclé' compositions.
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