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Artwork of the Month: Jean Arp's Aquatique


Walker Art Center


April 1998

Institution Walker Art Center
<p>Artwork of the Month: Jean Arp's <em>Aquatique</em></p>, Walker Art Center
Artwork of the Month: Jean Arp's Aquatique

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About the Artwork

French poet-sculptor-collage artist Jean Arp began to make sculpture that sits on a pedestal for the first time in 1930. For Aquatique (which means growing or living in water), he started carving into the block of white marble without knowing what the final result would be, and continued sculpting until he decided he liked the shape. Often he would begin a new artwork using ideas from his earlier projects, and almost always titled his abstract sculptures after they were finished. He based the name on what the shape seemed to suggest. The round belly and the playful split tail of Aquatique might help you imagine a creature floating in the sea.

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Type: Instructional Material
Grades: pre-K-Adult
Instructional Method: Classroom Discussion, Gallery Discussion, Self-paced Learning
Rights: © April 1998 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: June 8, 2010