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The Dada Art Movement, or Dadaism, is believed to have begun in Switzerland around 1915-1916 in reaction to the outbreak of WWI. This loosely-banded group of writers and artists actively protested against the war and the principles they felt were responsible, such as: nationalism, materialism, rationalism and, most importantly, traditionalism. These were "non-artists" in the process of creating "non-art." Dada artists delighted in creating a Dadaism art that was both whimsical and nonsensical, designed to create outrage or shock among viewers. The only rule was to follow none of the traditional rules. There was no one particularly predominant medium used in Dadaism.

Some of the principle figures of the international "non-movement" included Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia, among others. Many participants were influenced by Expressionism and Abstraction. Dada, in turn, was a forebear of Surrealism. Some fine examples of Dada prints and Dada Surrealism Art are available here.

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Marcel Duchamp Obligation Monte Carlo original lithograph bond Marcel Duchamp "Obligation Monte Carlo" original lithograph | Monte Carlo Bond

Medium: original lithograph. Also called "Monte Carlo Bond". A fine impression on wove paper, printed in 1938 for XXe Siecle (the very rare Christmas Issue No. 4) in an edition of approximately 1200 and published in Paris by San Lazzaro. Sheet size 12 5/8 x 9 1/8 inches (320 x 230 mm). Signed in the plate (not by hand).

The fine print in the background reads, "moustiques domestiques demistock"; literally, half-priced mosquitos, reflecting Duchamp's whimsical sense of humor and his love of word-play. In the center is the famous portrait of Duchamp taken by his friend Man Ray. There has been much debate over this: is the artist wearing shaving cream or soap? And the "horns" on his head have been given various interpretations. On back of the sheet is printed the rules and instructions for actually redeeming the bond.

This work has acquired a certain cult status among twentieth century prints. However, it was first created not so much for the sake of art but rather as a get-rich-quick scheme whereby Marcel Duchamp could raise money by issuing bonds, and then "break the bank" at the roulette wheels of Monte Carlo. The first appearance of this piece was the actual edition of bonds, printed in 1924. Very few of the original 1924 bonds were printed and almost none have survived; one can be found in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, donated to the museum by the artist; another was auctioned by Christie's in 2010 for over one million dollars. The version we offer here was executed by Duchamp as a lithographic recreation of bond number 12, and was issued in 1938 for the XXe Siecle edition, and has since become very scarce and highly sought after.

Condition: there is minor age-toning, and small bumps at two corners of the sheet. There are six pinholes along the left edge of the sheet -- this is from the publisher's original binding staples, and also serves to demonstrate the provenance of this piece.

$4,000.00
Jean Arp original original woodcut "Soleil Recercle" | Dada art Jean Hans Arp original woodcut "Soleil Recercle" | Dada art

Medium: original color woodcut. A magnificent and richly inked impression on BFK Rives wove paper from the deluxe limited edition portfolio "Soleil Recerclé", published in Paris in 1966 by Louis Broder. This is one of the 110 unsigned impressions printed (from a total edition of 185). The total sheet measures 19 x 15 inches (480 x 385mm). The image measures 12 x 9 1/2 inches (304 x 240mm). In excellent condition, with the exception of a bump to the corner of the sheet (not affecting the image). Not signed. A lucky find of this rare piece!

$650.00
Jean Arp original linocut Constellations 1938 XXe Siecle Jean Hans Arp original linocut "Constellations" 1938 1st edition

Medium: original linoleum cut. A nice impression on wove paper, published in 1938 for the very rare XXe Siecle issue No. 4. Sheet size 12 5/8 x 9 3/4 inches (320 x 248 mm). Not signed.

Condition: there is a bump to the bottom left corner of the sheet. There are six pinholes along the left edge of the sheet -- this is from the publisher's original binding staples, and also serves to demonstrate the provenance of this piece. Note: a later edition was also issued by XXe Siecle in 1959, but this is the original, first edition. The definitive way to tell is that the original first edition has the pinholes in the margin (glue was used for later issues of XXe Siecle rather than staples). Also, the later edition has a text inscription printed on back; the original has no text on the back.

$650.00
Jean Arp original woodcut, 1947 Jean Hans Arp original woodcut "Before the Battle of Hastings"

Medium: original woodcut. Printed in Paris by Mourlot and published by Pierre à Feu and Maeght Editeur for the Marcel Duchamp / André Breton project Surréalisme en 1947. Issued in a limited edition of 999. Size: 9 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches (232 x 200 mm). Not signed.

$350.00
Jean Arp original woodcut, 1947 Jean Hans Arp original woodcut "After the Battle of Hastings"

Medium: original woodcut. Printed in Paris by Mourlot and published by Pierre à Feu and Maeght Editeur for the Marcel Duchamp / André Breton project Surréalisme en 1947. Issued in a limited edition of 999. Size: 9 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches (232 x 200 mm). Not signed.

$350.00
Jean Arp pochoir, 1956 Jean Hans Arp 1956 pochoir "Configuration"

Medium: pochoir (after the collage). Printed by pochoir master Daniel Jacomet in 1956 for XXe Siecle (issue number 6 "Le papier colle du Cubisme a nos jours"), published in Paris by San Lazzaro. Sheet size 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches (315 x 245 mm). Not signed.

$250.00
Jean Arp original woodcut for Derriere le Miroir Jean Hans Arp original woodcut, 1950

Medium: original woodcut. Executed for the front cover of Derriere le Miroir (No. 33) in 1950, and published in Paris by Maeght. Sheet size: 15 x 11 inches (380 x 280 mm); with text printed above the woodcut and on back of the sheet, as issued (the text shows through slightly). Signed in text with the printed letters ARP, not hand-signed.

$200.00
Jean Arp silkscreen Place selon les lois du hasard Hard Edge Art Jean Hans Arp silkscreen "Place selon les lois du hasard"

Medium: serigraph / silkscreen. The title translates to "Place According to the Laws of Chance". Published in 1964 by Galerie Denise Rene, of Paris, for the rare exhibition catalogue "Hard Edge". Jean (Hans) Arp was one of several artists who contributed original silkscreens for this project (after their own paintings). It was printed by the Imprimerie Mazarine on a sheet of thin wove paper without margins, and then tipped onto a support sheet (attached along the top edge). Image size: 7 x 5 7/8 inches (190 x 150mm). Not signed.

$200.00
Jean Hans Arp original woodcut, 1949 Jean Hans Arp original woodcut, 1949

Medium: original woodcut. Issued in a limited edition of 995 and published in Paris in 1949 by Maeght for "L'Art Abstrait", a rare volume investigating the origins and theory of abstract art. Printed on wove paper, the full sheet measures 9 x 7 7/8 inches (230 x 200 mm). Not signed.

$150.00
Jean Hans Arp original woodcut, 1949 Jean Hans Arp original woodcut, 1949

Medium: original woodcut. Issued in a limited edition of 995 and published in Paris in 1949 by Maeght for "L'Art Abstrait", a rare volume investigating the origins and theory of abstract art. Printed on wove paper, the full sheet measures 9 x 7 7/8 inches (230 x 200 mm). Not signed.

$150.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir with cut-outs "Constellation"

Medium: pochoir with cut-outs and shiny silver paper background (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by Berggruen. The image measures 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (120 x 90 mm). Not signed.

$150.00
Jean Arp original woodcut for Derriere le Miroir Jean Hans Arp original woodcut, 1950

Medium: original woodcut. Executed for the back cover of Derriere le Miroir (No. 33) in 1950, and published in Paris by Maeght. Sheet size: 15 x 11 inches (380 x 280 mm); with text on verso, as issued (the text shows through slightly). Signed in text with the printed letters ARP, not hand-signed.

$150.00
Francis Picabia pochoir, 1920 Francis Picabia pochoir, 1920

Medium: pochoir (after the watercolor). Printed in Paris in 1920 in a limited edition of 1100. This impression is on wove paper, tipped (attached along the top edge) by the publisher onto a support sheet. The image measures 5 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (145 x 110 mm). Not signed.

$100.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir "Symetrique aux flocons du hasard"

Medium: pochoir (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by Berggruen. The image measures 4 1/4 x 3 5/8 inches (110 x 94 mm). Not signed.

$100.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir "Constellation"

Medium: pochoir (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by Berggruen. The image measures 4 1/4 x 3 inches (110 x 75 mm). There is another Jean Arp composition printed on the back of the sheet, as issued. Not signed.

$100.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir "Presque vase et fleurs"

Medium: pochoir (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by Berggruen. The image measures 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches (115 x 98 mm). There is another Jean Arp composition printed on the back of the sheet, as issued. Not signed.

$100.00
Jean Arp serigraph Mountain, Table, Anchors, Navel Jean Hans Arp "Mountain, Table, Anchors, Navel" serigraph with cut-outs

Medium: silkscreen with cut-outs (after the oil on cardboard with cut-outs). This interesting piece (photographed here against a white background) features die-cut empty space, representing the table and anchors. Published in New York in 1958 for a Museum of Modern Art exhibition catalogue, there is a printed text inscription 4mm beneath the image (enough space to mat over and leave margins on all sides). Image size: 7 1/2 x 6 inches (190 x 152mm). Not signed.

$100.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir "La Pendule"

Medium: pochoir (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by Berggruen. The image measures 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (108 x 84 mm). There is another Jean Arp composition printed on the back of the sheet, as issued. Not signed.

$75.00
Francis Picabia pochoir, 1920 Francis Picabia pochoir, 1920

Medium: pochoir (after the watercolor). Printed in Paris in 1920 by Maurice Darantiere in a limited edition of 1100. This impression is on wove paper, tipped (attached along the top edge) by the publisher onto a support sheet. The image measures 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (160 x 115 mm). Plate-signed by Picabia, not hand-signed.

$75.00
Francis Picabia pochoir, 1920 Francis Picabia pochoir, 1920

Medium: pochoir (after the watercolor). Printed in Paris in 1920 by Maurice Darantiere in a limited edition of 1100. This impression is on wove paper, tipped (attached along the top edge) by the publisher onto a support sheet. The image measures 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches (160 x 105 mm). Plate-signed by Picabia, not hand-signed.

$75.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir "Dessin dechire"

Medium: pochoir (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by Berggruen. The image measures 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (110 x 85 mm). There is another Jean Arp composition printed on the back of the sheet, as issued. Not signed.

$75.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir "Collage Trompe-l'oeil"

Medium: pochoir (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by Berggruen. The image measures 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches (135 x 82 mm). There is another Jean Arp composition printed on the back of the sheet, as issued. Not signed.

$75.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir "Configuration Geometrique"

Medium: pochoir (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by Berggruen. The image measures 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (110 x 90 mm). There is another Jean Arp composition printed on the back of the sheet, as issued. Not signed.

$75.00
Francis Picabia pochoir, 1920 Francis Picabia pochoir, 1920

Medium: pochoir (after the watercolor). Printed in Paris in 1920 by Maurice Darantiere in a limited edition of 1100. This impression is on wove paper, tipped (attached along the top edge) by the publisher onto a support sheet. The image measures 5 x 4 3/8 inches (125 x 110 mm). Plate-signed by Picabia, not hand-signed.

$50.00
Francis Picabia (Femme femme allongee) 1920 Francis Picabia (Femme femme allongee) 1920

Medium: collotype (after the drawing). Printed in Paris in 1920 by Maurice Darantiere in a limited edition of 1100. This impression is on wove paper, tipped (attached along the top edge) by the publisher onto a support sheet. The image measures 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches (120 x 158 mm). Plate-signed by Picabia, not hand-signed.

$50.00
Jean Arp pochoir Berggruen 1955 Jean Hans Arp pochoir, 1955

Medium: pochoir and phototype (after the collage). Printed in Paris by the atelier of Daniel Jacomet, and published in 1955 by the Galerie Berggruen for the cover of a rare catalogue. Size: 8 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (220 x 115 mm). Not signed.

Condition: as this was the actual cover, there is wear and soiling.

$50.00