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LIPCHITZ, Ossip/Jacques

Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973

Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)

Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)

1942

bronze, wood base

head

Dimensions (HxWxD): 21 18 x 9 x 13 14 in.

signature inscribed on back of neck: J Lipchitz
below signature, a raised circle which possibly contains the artist's fingerprint

Acc. No.: 81.38

Credit Line: Gift of the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Foundation, Inc. in memory of Carl L. Selden

Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum photograph


Provenance

  • 1981, Gift of the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Foundation, Inc. in memory of Carl L. Selden

Bibliography

  • Museum's website (June 24, 2016)

Exhibitions

  • 1981 New York
    Modernist Art from the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Collection, New York, Brooklyn Museum, March 21, 1981-May 10,1981

Comment

  • Museum's website, June 24, 2016:
    Jacques Lipchitz, who had fled war-torn Paris and emigrated to America in 1941, met the modernist painter Marsden Hartley in 1942. He recalled his eagerness to do a portrait of Hartley, whose face he considered "typically American" and "very sensitive." This penetrating portrayal was done the year before Hartley's death at sixty-six and poignantly captures the painter's age and melancholy. The monumentality of the profile is in marked contrast to the wasted and drawn features of the frontal view, with its tragic overtones. Lipchitz commented that this brooding likeness of a fellow artist had been "made for myself as an exercise and demonstration." In fact, it required twenty-seven life sittings to complete Hartley's portrait. This cast, one of seven, belonged to the collectors Edith and Milton Lowenthal, who also left the Museum a rich legacy of nine paintings by Marsden Hartley.