Jean Arp | Evocation of a Form: Human Lunar Spectral | 1950/1957
Bronze, 45 1/2 X 32 3/8 X 33 1/2 in. (115.5 X 82.3 X 85.0 cm).
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966.
Photography by Lee Stalsworth.
© 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
In Evocation of a Form: Human Lunar Spectral, Jean Arp returned again to the geometry of the human figure, reincarnating in this piece the metaphorical spirit of another French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. It is the most monumental of his late works, depicting a closed form that is suggestive of a person in prayer. In many of his later sculptures, Arp used the same form of the human torso, cutting, turning, or altering it as a means of reinventing the same material. Emily Hall Tremaine commissioned a cast of Human Lunar Spectral directly from Arp in 1957, after deciding that the newly installed wall of her sculpture garden needed a smooth, curving form.