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ID number:  BIRBI-2015.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Arp, Jean (1886-1966)
Title / Object name:  Homme vu par une fleur (Man Seen by a Flower)
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Meudon
Culture:  French
Date made:  1958
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  6cm x 12.4 cm
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There is no primary point of view for this curious and tactile little sculpture, best appreciated when turned in the hand. While it is essentially an abstract or non-representative object, the playful title suggests something dreamlike. This reflects Arp's close association with the Surrealists and their interest in unlocking the subconscious. The cast is one of 400 given by the Belgian government to contributors to the 1958 Universal Exhibition in Brussels.

Notes:  Cast in 1958 in an edition of 400 as a gift for the contributors to the Art Pavilion at World's Fair in Brussels of the same year.

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