ARP, HANS or JEAN
Jean Arp was a painter, a poet and sculptor. He was born on September 16, 1886 in Strasbourg, which is in the area known as Alsace-Lorraine, near the boundary of Germany and France. His art retained a feeling for life on the border. He balanced a Gallic playfulness with a romantic mysticism that is essentially German. (He wrote in both languages). He longed to escape from the conventional borders of modern life, into a community of the spirit. He considered realistic art absurdly limited and egotistical. In 1904 he studied at the School of Decorative Arts, Strasbourg; he took further training in Weimar. In 1908 he traveled to Paris to enroll in the Academie Julian.
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