Hans Arp, Forest

Hans Arp, Forest 1917

Arp’s blobby shapes are good, and so are Lissitzky’s ruled ones. The artist who comes to mind as most successfully combining the two is late Stella, from Moby Dick or Had Gadya onwards, because the geometry appears as an image rather than a principle. Either approach could be ground for the other.

El Lissitzky, Gravediggers 1923

El Lissitzky, Gravediggers 1923

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