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LIPCHITZ, Ossip/Jacques

Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973

Yulla Lipchitz (1911-2003)

Portrait of Yulla Lipchitz (1911-2003)

1956

plaster

head

Dimensions (HxWxD): 23 12 x 7 x 10 12 in.

Acc. No.: 2002-88-4

Credit Line: 125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Foundation, Inc., 2002

Photo credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art


Provenance

  • 2002, 125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Foundation, Inc.

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 15 March 2015

Comment

  • Museum's website, 15 March 2015:
    Unlike Cubist painters, who subjected their sitters to the same fragmentation as a guitar or a newspaper in a still-life composition, Lipchitz aimed to capture a realistic likeness of the sitter in his portraits. That idea is reflected in this plaster of his second wife, in which Lipchitz captures her indomitable spirit by emphasizing her high cheekbones and wide eyes. Nevertheless, Yulla Lipchitz considered this portrait so unflattering that she jokingly threatened to divorce him.