Jean Arp is one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century for his ability to create abstract yet organic sculptures in a variety of media. He was a founder of Dada and participated in the surrealist movement. Rather than starting with a subject, Arp utilized form and chance to produce art.
Evocation d’une Forme Humaine Lunaire Spectrale is a stellar example of Arp’s abstract biomorphic sculpture. It presents a smooth and graceful form that melds the human figure with an ethereal lunar landscape. Arp experimented with this form in diverse media and other iterations can be found in the collection of the Smithsonian’s Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (in bronze), Museo d’Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (in pink limestone), and the Dotremont Collection in Brussels (in white marble).