Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973
Etude pour Agar, maquette n° 1
Study for Hagar: Maquette No. 1
Dimensions (HxWxD): 5 1⁄4 x 6 1⁄2 x 3 1⁄2 in.
Acc. No.: 1950-92-43
Credit Line: Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins, 1950
Photo credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art
- 1950, Bequest of Lisa Norris Elkins
- Museum's website, 15 March 2015
- Museum's website, 15 March 2015:
This sculpture recounts the biblical story of Hagar, a young Egyptian maidservant who was dismissed from Abraham's household by his wife, Sarah, and forced to wander the desert with her son, Ishmael. Although an angel eventually rescued the mother and child, Lipchitz chose to focus on their despair rather than celebrate their survival. The artist saw contemporary significance in Hagar's plight, relating it to the long-standing conflict between the Jews and the Arabs, which escalated with the founding of Israel in 1948. He offered this work as a prayer for future peace between the two peoples.