Nombril et deux idées. 1932. Bronze with gold brown patina. Hartog 12. From an edition of 5 copies from 1971. 14 x 22 x 20 cm (5.5 x 8.6 x 7.8 in). Cast by Susse Fondeur 1971. [SM].
Accompanied by a photo expertise issued by Marguerite Arp on 23 June, 1972.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Albert Loeb, Paris. Galerie Philadelphine, Paris. Private collection New York.
Arp attains his "decisive forms" in April 1917: "In Ascona I made drawings of [..] branches, roots, grass, rocks [..]. I simplified them and combined their nature in emotional oval allegories of the body's transformation and becoming." Arp initially renders this intention to illustrate nature's constant process of transformation in reliefs and works on paper, before he discovered that the round plastic was his most suitable means in 1929. This medium allowed him to illustrates becoming and decay in form of softly flowing, merging masses. He, who has always been occupied with philosophy and psychology, attains a synthesis of Surrealism and abstraction.