The concise and seamless Torse-fruit is a far cry from the efforts of early Modernists such as Auguste Rodin, and while still reading clearly as a torso, the work possesses an entirely new language of form. The shape is complete, recognizable and fluid. Appendages are reduced to protruding bud-like nodes and the soft curves and gliding contractions suffice to suggest the human body. Arp became entranced with the concept of the node. The poet Friederich Holderlin, who Arp revered, stated, "The node has always been the language of the gods" (quoted in Eduard Trier, Marguerite Arp-Hagenbach & François Arp, Jean Arp, Sculpture, His Last Ten Years, Stuttgart, 1968, p. 12). Stefanie Poley writes, "Rather than equating human beings with shells, stones, and plants, Arp was developing means to express their access to holiness. Nature was thereby elevated to cosmos, a new interpretation or at least one Arp had not formulated in this way before" (Stefanie Poley, The Human Figure in the Later Work, Minneapolis, 1987, p. 228). As such, Torse-fruit is representative of the artist's capacity for transcendental mysticism and his appropriation of multiple, sometimes heterogeneous, artistic modes.
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