Arman, Untitled (Burnt violin with bow), 2004


Signed Arman sculpture, Untitled (Burnt violin with bow), 2004

Artist:Arman (1928 - 2005)

Title:Untitled (Burnt violin with bow), 2004

Medium:Cast bronze sculpture with green and black patina

Image Size:23 5/16 in x 9 in x 3 1/2 in (59.2 cm x 22.9 cm x 8.9 cm)

Edition:Numbered from the edition of 100 on the base, with the stamp of the foundry, Bocquel, France.

Signature:This work has the incised signature by Fernandez Arman (Nice, 128 - New York, 2005) along the base of the sculpture.

Condition:This work is in excellent condition.

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A pioneer of assemblage art, Arman transforms the objects of the ordinary world into high art with his expressive yet abstract deconstruction of the violin. In cast bronze, Arman composes this extraordinary sculpture to appear as if it is an actual violin that is split and burnt. Mimicking the appearance of scorched wood, the black patina fades quite beautifully into the deep bronze color. Despite this extraordinary realism, this multidimensional work of art is abstracted as its form is disrupted and fragmented from the classical instrument into something that new and exciting. A stunning, emblematic example of Arman’s depiction and manipulation of musical instruments, this impactful piece is best experienced in person.

Created in 2004, this cast bronze sculpture with green and black has the incised signature by Fernandez Arman  (Nice, 128 – New York, 2005) along the base of the sculpture. Numbered from the edition of 100 on the base, this work has the stamp of the foundry, Bocquel, France on the base.

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Bronze sculptures, hand-knotted tapestries, color screenprints, and creative paintings
all speak to Arman’s fascination with form, music, and rhythm and his exploration
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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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