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Sculpture: "Man Observed By a Flower"

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Hans Arp (1886-1966)1958Zürichcast and polished bronze 10 x 11 x 8 cm

"Life is an enigmatic breeze, and its consequence cannot be anything but an enigmatic breeze." To Arp, one of the most important artists of modernity, creating such a meaning of life was the chief purpose of art. Nature was his key source of inspiration, the motifs of which he varied as often as the comings and goings of the seasons. Arp's pictorial creativity cannot be fully grasped without his poetry. Similar to the automatic writings by the Dadaists and the Surrealists, Arp elevated “reality” and “coincidence” to a linguistic design principle. This small object is named after the title of one of his famous poems.