LIPCHITZ, Ossip/Jacques

Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973

La Joie de Vivre

Joy of Life


bronze, edition 7 of 7


Dimensions (HxWxD): 140 x 25 x 25; weight: c. 3,500 lbs

center back of top of cylindrical element: 7/7 / [thumbprint?] / Lipchitz

Acc. No.: MM.1969.04

Credit Line: Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection, MM.69.04

Photo credit: photography by Michael Bodycomb


  • 1969, Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection


  • 2009 Dallas
    Face and Form, Modern and Contemporary Sculpture in the Meadows Collection, Dallas, Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, ongoing from October 7, 2009


  • Meadows Museum, Form of Things,, June 5, 2014:
    In 1927, Jacques Lipchitz had what he called "one of the great commissions" of his life, the Joy of Life. The artist was asked by Vicomte Charles de Noailles to create a sculpture for his estate at Hyères in the south of France. Although a commission, the sculpture was personal to Lipchitz, as it was inspired by his sister, who was ill at the time. In hopes of cheering her up, the artist set out to create an uplifting work, which he describes as representative of a dancing figure with a large guitar. Joy of Life, Lipchitz writes, creates "its own sense of three-dimensional space by the large masses which are interpenetrated from every point of view so that space flows around and through the sculpture."