Kiev, Ukraine 1887 - New York, United States 1964
Dimensions (HxWxD): 34 1⁄2 × 6 11⁄16 × 4 3⁄4 in.
signed and dated bottom edge: Archipenko 36
Acc. No.: 36.64
Credit Line: Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
Photo credit: Seattle Art Museum, photo Paul Macapia
- The artist
- 1936, sold to Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection
- Museum's website, August 26, 2015
- Museum's website, August 26, 2015:
Archipenko arrived in America in 1923 already a highly acclaimed sculptor closely associated with the modern artists of Paris. In great demand as a teacher, he lectured at many institutions, including the University of Washington, where he was a visiting professor for the summer terms of 1935 and 1936. He likely created this piece in Seattle.
Archipenko's love of elegant surfaces led him to develop a unique way of treating traditional terra cotta. He rubbed his fired clay forms with a hard and rough carborundum stone, producing a highly polished surface.
(Patricia Junker, Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art, 2013)