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Jean Arp

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Jean Arp was a German-French artist who lived from 1886-1966. He was hugely influential and quite popular in his lifetime. His popularity has since declined.

Arp’s work focused on recreating natural shapes and forms, which Arp saw as being mystically tied up with the life force.

“I tried to make my forms grow,” he wrote. “I put my trust in the example of seeds, stars, clouds, plants, animals, men, and finally, in my innermost being.”

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I love his work because it provides us with a unique opportunity to revel in the variety of human forms in a way that is removed from the sexual experience. As simple shapes, disconnected from any sense of personhood or agency, they can be viewed without judgment and appreciated for exactly what they are: lovely, flowing, living things. I wonder if real human bodies would find greater love and acceptance in the world if we took the time to cultivate an appreciation for their unadorned, unaltered, essential forms.

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Written by GRSeim

February 18, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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