French Sculpture Census

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IPOUSTÉGUY, Jean ROBERT dit,
Dun-sur-Meuse, Meuse 1920 - ? 2006

Cénotaphe
Cenotaph

1957
acier

construction
85.09 x 210.82 x 96.52

N° d'inv. : 1967.002
Credit Line : Gift of Leon A. Kolker


Cambridge, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, List Visual Arts Center

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Historique

  • 1967, don de Leon A. Kolker
  • Bush Building (Bldg. 13), north lawn

Bibliographie

  • MIT's website, 17 October 2011

Commentaire



List Visual Art Center's website, February 25, 2014:
Ipousteguy began making sculpture in 1949 and worked almost exclusively, and most notably, in that medium for the rest of his life. His early work was often characterized by a core abstract form that was seemingly surrounded by a fractured shell. He spoke of "breaking Brancusi's egg," in reference to the elegant forms and uninflected surfaces of Constantine Brancusi's sculpture. Cénotaphe represents the artist’s earlier work, before his shift to various representations of the human form. Its geometric, planar quality reflects Ipousteguy's affinity for open and penetrable sculptural spaces. A cenotaph is an empty grave, a funerary memorial to a person whose remains are elsewhere. Austere and calm, Cénotaphe evokes its subject as a meditative, elegiac metaphor.