Arman, Double Châssis, 1994


Signed Arman  Bronze Sculpture, Double Châssis, 1994

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Artist:Arman (1928 - 2005)

Title:Double Châssis, 1994

Medium:Bronze Sculpture

Image Size:11 2/10 in x 7 9/10 in (29 cm x 20 cm)

Edition:Etched into the side of the base, 'Bocquel rd. 45/140'.

Signature: Signature is etched into the bronze base by Fernandez Arman (Nice, 1928 – New York, 2005).

Condition:This work is in excellent condition.

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Exploring the formal advantages of sculpture, Arman (Nice, 1928 – New York, 2005) offers a detailed study of multiple saxophones which divide revealing a repetition of the same form. With each additional saxophone, Arman introduces a new variant, creating a melodic quality, punctuated by slight alterations of pitch. The artist’s extreme attention to the technical aspects of the instrument reveal his love of music and the emotional range evoked by the distinct tones of this particular instrument.

Created in 1994, this work is entitled Double Châssis and is cast in bronze by Bocquel, Bréauté (France), who also served as the publisher for the work. The sculpture is embossed on the upper portion of the base. The signature is etched into the bronze base by Fernandez Arman (Nice, 1928 – New York, 2005) and numbered 45/140 by publisher Bocquel along the side.

 

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Bronze sculptures, hand-knotted tapestries, color screenprints, and creative paintings
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 Arman (1928-2005)

 Arman Biography

Armand Fernandez was a French born sculptor who settled in New York in 1963 and became an American citizen in 1972. Born in Nice in 1928, he learned oil painting and photography from his father, an antiques dealer. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics in 1946, Arman began studying at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Nice. He also started judo at a police school in Nice where he began lifelong friendships with Yves Klein and Claude Pascal. Completing his studies in 1949, Arman enrolled as a student at the École du Louvre in Paris, where he concentrated on the study of archaeology and oriental art.

Such vast interests likely influenced his artistic style that focused around the accumulation of vast quantities of the same objects. In 1957 he decided to be known by his first name only, and the form ‘Arman’ was adopted in 1958 as the result of a printer’s error on the cover of a catalogue. In the early 1960s Arman gained a reputation as one of the leading exponents of Nouveau Réalisme and he is best known for his assemblages of junk material.

In 1961, Arman made his debut in the United States, and during this period, he explored creation via destruction. The “Coupes” and the “Colères” featured sliced, burned, or smashed objects arranged on canvas, often using objects with a strong “identity” such as musical instruments (mainly violins and saxophones) or bronze statues. Arman passed away in 2005 leaving an incredibly accomplished list of accumulations.

Chilvers, Ian, Oxford Dictionary of 20th Century Art, Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 1998.

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