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Jean Arp
FIGURE MYTHIQUE
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334
Jean Arp
FIGURE MYTHIQUE
Estimate
400,000600,000
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Jean Arp
1886 - 1966
FIGURE MYTHIQUE
Inscribed with the initials HA, numbered 3/3 and inscribed with the foundry mark Susse Fondeur Paris (on the interior)
Bronze
Height: 44 1/2 in.
111 cm
Conceived in 1950; this example cast in 1971.
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Provenance

Galerie Denis René, Paris 
Vanthournout Collection, Belgium (acquired from the above in 1974 and sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 7, 2006, lot 74)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Ionel Jianou, Jean Arp, Paris, 1973, no. 18, illustration of the plaster n.p.
Hommage à Jean Arp (exhibition catalogue), Galerie Denise René, Paris, 1974, no. 50, illustration of the plaster n.p.
Serge Fauchereau, Arp, London, 1989, no. 91, illustration of another cast p. 75
Arie Hartog, ed., Hans Arp, Sculptures—A Critical Study, Ostfildern, 2012, no. 104, illustration of another cast p. 107

Catalogue Note

The present work, conceived in 1950, dates from one of the most successful periods in Arp's artistic career. More than three decades earlier, Arp became a member of the radical Dada group in Switzerland in 1916. During this time he formulated an artistic philosophy that would challenge most established forms of artistic representation for many years to come. When in 1917 he wrote that he wanted "to find another order, another value for man in nature," he heralded the credo that would continue to govern his sculptures more than forty years later. Although the highly polished form of the present work demonstrates the sleek modernist aesthetic that had also been taken up by Brancusi and Laurens, its amorphous and irregular shape evidences some of the central themes of Arp's original manifesto. "All things, and man as well, should be like nature, without measure," he wrote as a young man. "I wanted to create new appearances, to extract new forms from man" (quoted in Serge Fauchereau, Hans Arp, Barcelona, 1988, p. 15).
By the time he conceived of the present sculpture in 1950, Arp had found a clear and innovative voice for his artistic inspiration. His work in sculpture from these years met with great critical success, leading him to prominent exhibitions in Paris and New York and a grand prize at the Venice Biennale in 1954. His artistic output around this time ranged from low-relief sculpture to poetry, but it was his work in free-standing figural sculpture that most consumed him. With its vibrant and graceful energy, Figure mythique is a brilliant example from this prolific and successful time for the artist.

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