LIPCHITZ, Ossip/Jacques

Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973

Maker: Modern Art Foundry, New York

Chant des voyelles

Song of the Vowels

1931-1932, cast 1969



Dimensions (HxWxD): c. 122 116 x 78 x 64 in.

on top of base: 7/7 J. Lipchitz 1931-32, Modern Art Foundry [indistinctly]

Acc. No.: y1969-22

Credit Line: The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University

Photo credit: Princeton University Art Museum


  • 1969, Installed, Princeton University, between Firestone Library and the Chapel


  • Museum's website, 3 November 2014
  • 1982 Kelleher
    Patrick J. Kelleher, Living with Modern Sculpture. The John B. Putnam, Jr., Memorial Collection, Princeton University, Princeton, The Art Museum, 1982, p. 60-63, repr., 131

Related works

  • Maquette, 1931, terracotta, H. 14 1/2 inches, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, gift of the artist.
    Initial large scale executed during the years 1931-1932 for the garden of the villa of Mme Hélène de Mandrot at Le Pradet (Var) in the Maures mountains; after her death, this first strike was moved to the Kunsthaus in Zurich.
    6 other variants made by the sculptor:
    - Paris, Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
    - Ithaca, NY, Cornell University
    - Pocantico Hills, NY, Nelson A. Rockefeller Estate
    - Los Angeles, The University of California at Los Angeles
    - Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum
    - this one (Princeton).