Archive for May 3, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Hans Jean Arp

Hans Jean Arp was born in Strausburg, France in the year 1886. Arp would become one of the worlds premiere abstract artists working not only with paintings and prints but also sculpture and abstraction in three dimensions. Arp also wrote poetry and produced collages. The artist is known by Hans and Jean as his first name because he was bilingual and called himself Jean in French and Hans when he was speaking in German. His mother was French and father German.

Price range information: Lithographic prints can be found for $1,000 to $3,000. Arp has broken the one million dollar mark for marble and bronze sculptures. Original watercolors range $20,000 to the low six figures. Collage works range $10,000 to $50,000.

In this clip we see a wide selection of works by Jean Arp. Its great to see his many abstract works that have just one shape in the middle. For an exercise compare some of these shapes to other abstract master artists such as Rex Ray, Beatriz Milhazes, and Wassily Kandinsky.

For his education the artist attended the Ecole des Arts at Metiers, which is located in Strasbourg, Germany. Arp also attended the Academie Julian in Paris, France.

1904 publishes poetry for the first time.

In 1915 moved to Switzerland to be neutral and avoided to go to war.

Original member of the DADA movement but exhibited in various shows with Surrealist artists.

Participant in the Venice Biennale in 1964.

Arp passed away in 1966 at age of 79 years old.