Arp - Herbert ReadLondon: Thames & Hudson, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper rubbed at the tail of the spine with the price clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Contains: Colour plates ; Black & white plates ; Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: “Jean (Hans) Arp, who was born in Strassburg in 1887 and died in 1966, was an astonishingly individual and versatile artist. A leading participant in the Dada movement, and later associated with the Surrealists, he soon evolved the personal style which he was henceforth to maintain, with remarkable consistency, in many types of work: collage, papiers dechires, tapestry, engraving, drawing and — above all — sculpture and poetry. It was as a sculptor that Arp became one of the great formative influences on twentieth-century art. During his Dada and Surrealist periods he worked in relief, but from the early 19305 he also devoted himself to modelling and carving in the round. Like his great contemporary Brancusi, he now sought to represent (in his own words) ‘the secret ways of nature’. Indeed, Brancusi is probably the only modern sculptor with whom Arp can be compared in his simplicity of vision, and in the sense of organic vitality that pervades his work.
The late Sir Herbert Read was one of the most eminent modern art historians and critics, and wrote about contemporary sculpture with impressive authority. In this book we have an account of Arp’s life and an analysis of the development of his work in many mediums. In the chapter devoted to Arp’s verse, Sir Herbert (who was a distinguished poet himself) included his own translations of a generous number of Arp’s poems. The plates represent every aspect of Arp’s work in the visual arts, and there is a comprehensive bibliography which lists the many books which were written or illustrated by him.”