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LIPCHITZ, Ossip/Jacques

Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973

Mère et enfant II

Mother and Child II

1941

bronze

group

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


Provenance

  • 1955, Gift of Wright S. Ludington in memory of Curt Valentin

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 15 March 2015

Comment

  • 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."