Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973
Mère et enfant II
Mother and Child II
Dimensions (HxWxD): 50 x 51 x 23 in.
Acc. No.: 1955-79-1
Credit Line: Gift of Wright S. Ludington in memory of Curt Valentin, 1955
Photo credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art
- 1955, Gift of Wright S. Ludington in memory of Curt Valentin
- Museum's website, 15 March 2015
- Museum's website, 15 March 2015:
This monumental sculpture depicts a legless woman with her arms raised in pitiful supplication and a child clinging desperately to her neck. Only after Lipchitz finished the work did he relate it to a scene he had witnessed during a 1935 visit to Moscow: "I was in Russia and one night, when it was dark and raining, I heard the sound of a pathetic song. I tried to trace it and came to a railroad station where there was a beggar woman, a cripple without legs, on a cart, who was singing, her hair all loose and her arms outstretched. I was terribly touched by this image."