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Jean (Hans) Arp, French (born Germany), 1886 - 1966
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How can sculpture bring about social change? Working during the Great Depression of the 1930s, Jean Arp rejected the idea of monumental statues dedicated to individuals and events. He embraced instead a quasi-abstract style that, he explained, "wants to simplify man’s life" and "urges man to identify himself with nature."
Growth’s forms resemble both humans and plants, implying a commonality and coming together of the two. The fleshy limbs recall Auguste Rodin’s unsettling sculptures of body fragments, which fascinated Arp.
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