Jean Arp was born in 1886, in Strasbourg. He was a published poet and writer throughout his lifetime as well as an accomplished sculptor.
He was influenced by Robert and Sonia Delauney and Kandinsky and became involved with the Dada movement when he moved to Switzerland in 1915, an interest that continued following a later move to Cologne in 1919.
Arp's sculptural work was first exhibited in 1925 in Paris. In 1954, Arp received the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale.
A retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1958, followed by another at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in 1962. Arp died in Basel in 1966.