If you are unable to come to UMMA in person due to illness, quarantine, etc., you can choose a work from this set of surrealist and surrealist-adjacent pieces from the UMMA collection. 
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The Elements: Leaf transformed into a torso

Accession Number
1962/2.32

Title
The Elements: Leaf transformed into a torso

Artist(s)
Hans (Jean) Arp

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1950

Medium & Support
color woodcut on paper

Dimensions
11 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in (29.53 cm x 20.96 cm);11 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in (29.53 cm x 20.96 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 3/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.04 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
As the title suggests, this print is an example of Arp's use of forms from nature to depict portions of the human anatomy. In this Surrealist-inspired work, he envisioned a leaf representing the torso of a body.

Physical Description
Yellow form centered on a white background; the form is in the shape of a leaf.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.

Keywords
Surrealism
Surrealist
abstraction
leaf
leaf (plant material)
modern and contemporary art
nature prints
torsos (animal components)

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& Author Notes

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