Torso of a Knight

Torso of a Knight by Jean Arp
Photo by William J. Hebert.

Jean Arp was significant in the creation of two important art movements; Dada and Surrealism. Dada encouraged spontaneity and Surrealism encouraged the exploration of the unconscious mind through dreams. Arp created a series of torso-related sculptures in the 1930s focusing on organic, biomorphic forms and smooth, contoured surfaces.  Although decidedly non-representational, Torso of a Knight, does seem to suggest the figurative in its upright, elongated form.   

Jean Arp. Torso of a Knight, 1959. Bronze, 34 x 11.75 x 7.75 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.