Hans Arp, ‘Composition mit fünf Formen; and Compositon (Arntz 358 & 362)’, 1964 and 1966, Sotheby's
Hans Arp, ‘Composition mit fünf Formen; and Compositon (Arntz 358 & 362)’, 1964 and 1966, Sotheby's

Property from the Private Collection of Robert Motherwell and Renate Ponsold Motherwell

Each signed in pencil, the first from the edition of 150 signed examples (total edition is 200), the second numbered 10/20 (total edition includes 35 printed in colors), both on Rives wove paper, the second with the blindstamp of the printer, Erker-Presse, St. Gallen, Switzerland, framed (2 prints).

the first sheet: 500 by 350 mm 19 3/4 by 13 3/4 in
the second sheet: 507 by 328 mm 20 by 12 7/8 in

About Hans Arp

A pioneer of abstract art, Jean (aka Hans) Arp was instrumental in founding the Dada movement and participated actively in Surrealism and Constructivism. In his collages, reliefs, and sculptures, Arp often incorporated waste material such as discarded paper and fabric, and embraced chance and spontaneity as integral components of the artistic process. In Collage with Squares Arranged According to the Laws of Chance (1916), for example, Arp explored the potential for unique compositional relationships that result from inadvertent arrangement of collage elements. Arp’s articulation of biomorphic forms, inspired by organic material and the human figure, was simultaneously explored by Joan Miró and proved to be hugely influential to later 20th-century abstract artists.

German-French, 1886-1966, Strasbourg, Germany, based in Zurich, Switzerland