A painting or sculpture not modelled on any real object is every bit as concrete and sensuous as a leaf or a stone.. ..(but) it is an incomplete art which privileges the intellect to the detriment of the senses... (art must be like..) fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant or a child in it’s mother’s womb. (circa 1930)
Anna Moszynska, Abstract Art, Thames and Hudson, London, 1990, p. 113
the streams buck like rams in a tent / whips crack and from the hills come the crookedly combed /shadows of the shepherds. /black eggs and fools’ bells fall from the trees. / thunder drums and kettledrums beat upon the ears of the donkeys. / wings brush against flowers. / fountains spring up in the eyes of the wild boar.Hans Arpa Dada poetry line from his poem 'Der Vogel Selbdritt' Hans Arp; first published in 1920: Gesammelte Gedichte I (transl. Herbert Read), p. 41
Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.Hans ArpJean Arp (1931), as quoted in: Rosalind E. Krauss, Passages in Modern Sculpture (1981), p. 138
As the thought comes to me to exorcise and transform this black with a white drawing, it has already become a surface.. .Now I have lost all fear, and begin to draw on the black surface.Hans ArpHans Arp's quote on drawing on the black surface, in: Search for the Real, Hans Hofmann, Addison Gallery of modern Art, 1948
The man who speaks and writes about art should refrain from censuring or pontificating. He will thus avoid doing anything foolish, for in the presence of primordial depth all art is but dream and nature.Hans ArpJean Arp (1958) in: Arp on Arp: poems, essays, memories. p. 327
In 1915 Sophie Tauber and I carried out our first works in the simplest forms, using painting, embroidery and pasted paper (without using oil colors to avoid any reference with usual painting). These were probably the first manifestations of their kind, pictures that were their own reality, without meaning or cerebral intention. We rejected everything in the nature of a copy or a description, in order to give free flow to what was elemental and spontaneous.Hans Arpquote on creating art without using oil colors to avoid any reference with usual painting, in The Art of Jean Arp, Herbert Read, Abrams, New York 1968, p.p. 34, 38
It was Sophie ( Sophie Arp Tauber, woman artist and later Arp’s wife) who, by the example of her work and her life, both of them bathed in clarity, showed me the right way. In her world, the high and the low, the light and the dark, the eternal and the ephemeral, are balanced in prefect equilibrium.Hans Arpin 'Unsern täglichen Traum', Hans Arp; p. 76; as quoted in “Arp”, ed. Serge Fauchereau, Ediciones Poligrafa, S. A., Barcelona 1988, p. 11
Dada was given the Venus of Milo a clyster and has allowed the Laocoön and his sons to rest awhile, after thousands of years of struggle with the good sausage Python. The philosophers are of less use to Dada than an old toothbrush, and it leaves them on the scrap heap for the great leaders of the world.Hans Arpp. 63 (Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs, 1966)
In recent times, Surrealist painters have used descriptive illusionistic academic methods.Hans Arpp. 63 - Hans Arp's critical statement on the art of the Surrealists; in a letter to Jan Brzekowski, ca. 1930, co-publisher of the Franco-Polish magazine 'L’art contemporain'
Already in 1915, Sophie Tauber divides the surface of her aquarelle into squares and rectangles which she then juxtaposes horizontally and perpendicularly as Mondrian, Itten and Paul Klee did in the same period, fh). She constructs them as if they were masonry work. The colors are luminous, ranging from the raw yellow to deep red or blue.Hans Arpp. 288, Arp refers to the early waterolor painting art of his wife Sophie Tauber.
In the good times of Dada, we detested polished works, the distracted air of spiritual struggle, the titans, and we rejected them with all out being.Hans Arpp. 307 (Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs, 1966)
Like the disposition of planes, the proportion of these planes and their colors seemed to depend only upon chance, and I declared that these works were ordered 'according to the law of chance', just like in the order of nature.Hans Arpp. 307 (Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs, 1966)
Since the time of the cavemen, man has glorified himself, has made himself divine, and his monstrous vanity has caused human catastrophe. Art has collaborated in this false development. I find this concept of art which has sustained man’s vanity to be loathsome.Hans Arpp. 315 (Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs, 1966)
Each one of these bodies (art-works Arp made) certainly signifies something, but it is only once there is nothing left for me to change that I begin to look for its meaning, that I give it a name.Hans Arpp. 383 (Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs, 1966)
I did exhibitions with the Surrealists (in Paris, in 1929) because their attitude revolted against 'art' and their attitude toward life itself was wise, as was Dada’s.Hans Arpp. 406 (Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs, 1966)
These collages were static symmetrical constructions, porticos with pathetic vegetation, the gateway to the realm of dreams. They were done with colored paper in black, orange or blue dye plates. Although cubist painting interested me very much, not a trace of their influence was to be found in my collages.Hans Arpp. 420 - quote on his early collages, Arp made ca. 1914.
Actually, it was in Paris in 1914 that I did my first collages, for an occultist friend . They were mysterious porticos which were supposed to replace mural paintings and which evoked the structure of palm branches or fishbones (remark on his first collages in different materials.Hans Arpp. 430 (Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs, 1966)
To be full of joy when looking at an oeuvre is not a little thing.Hans Arpp. 571 - Hans Arp's remark he made in 1962 in Galerie Denise René - this quote is also the last line in the art book Jours effeuillés: Poèmes, essaies, souvenirs, Gallimard, Paris 1966
It was Sophie who, by the example of her work and her life, both of them bathed in clarity, showed me the right way. In her world, the high and the low, the light and the dark, the eternal and the ephemeral, are balanced in prefect equilibrium.Hans Arp'Unsern täglichen Traum', Hans Arp; p. 76; as quoted in "Arp", ed. Serge Fauchereau, Ediciones Poligrafa, S. A., Barcelona 1988, p. 11
Dada aimed to destroy the reasonable deceptions of man and recover the natural and unreasonable order.Hans ArpQuoted in: Anna Moszynska, Abstract Art, Thames and Hudson, London, 1990, p. 66
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