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S'élevant [Rising up] 1962

Not on display

Arp began making free-standing sculpture in the early 1930s. His sensuous, 'abstract' works changed little in style from that time to the 1960s. Arp called his sculptures 'human concretions', a term chosen to suggest that they might have grown out of the human body. He did not consider these works as abstract, but rather as organic forms which had occurred naturally. The vertical nature of this sculpture suggests parallels with the human form: Arp made a number of vertical works from the mid-1950s to the 1960s.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art


  • Acc. No. GMA 1253
  • Medium Marble
  • Size 176.50 x 44.50 x 44.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1970