“Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb,” once commented Jean Arp--a remarkable twentieth-century sculptor, painter and poet associated with and a forefather of the Dada and Surrealist movements. The avant-garde artist was born on September 16, 1887 in Strasbourg, France, where he studied at the Ecole des Arts et Métiers. In 1905, he transferred to the Weimar Academy and then to Paris at the Académie Julian in 1908, and subsequent to graduation resumed his painting in Weggis, Switzerland in isolation.
By 1912, Jean Arp had become associated with the Blaue Reiter, or Blue Rider, a group of Expressionist artists in Munich, where he exhibited “semi-figurative” drawings and became well-acquainted with fellow artist Wassily Kandinsky. In 1913, he exhibited with another group of Expressionists at the first Hebrstsalon--or Autumn Salon, an art exhibition--in Berlin. Aware of the developments within the French avant-garde thro...