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ARCHIPENKO, Alexander

Kiev, Ukraine 1887 - New York, United States 1964

La Mariée

The Bride

1936

terracotta

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): 34 12 × 6 1116 × 4 34 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


Provenance

  • The artist
  • 1936, sold to Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, August 26, 2015

Comment

  • 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)