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LIPCHITZ, Ossip/Jacques

Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973

Figure à demi debout

Half Standing Figure

1915

lead

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 19 x 5 x 3 38; with base: 22 14 x 6 58 x 4 in.

Acc. No.: 1952-61-71

Credit Line: A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

Photo credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art


Provenance

  • 1952, A. E. Gallatin Collection

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 15 March 2015

Comment

  • Museum's website, 15 March 2015:
    Before the war, Jacques Lipchitz had a studio in Montparnasse in the artists’ complex called La Ruche. Lipchitz made Half-Standing Figure at the pinnacle of his experimentation with Cubism. Reduced to a set of streamlined, interlocking planes, the human figure takes on an architectural quality. Lipchitz defined this period in his art as “the epoch of cathedrals,” and compared this upward-reaching piece to the soaring heights of Gothic architecture.