LIPCHITZ, Ossip/Jacques

Druskieniki, Lithuania 1891 - Capri, Italy 1973

Homme assis

Seated Man


Brittany granite


Dimensions (HxWxD): 20 12 × 10 12 × 10 78 in.

inscribed on back of base: "J. Lipchitz"

Acc. No.: 53.9

Credit Line: The General Endowment Fund

Photo credit: Image courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


  • 1953, The General Endowment Fund


  • Museum's website (accessed August 22, 2018)
  • 1953 Art Quarterly
    The Art Quarterly XVI, no. 3, Autumn 1953, p. 258
  • 1954 Hope
    Henry R. Hope, The Sculpture of Jacques Lipchitz, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1954, illus on p. 39, p. 91
  • 1966 European Art
    European Art in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va.: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1966, No. 214, p. 118 [incorrectly catalogued accession number and source]
  • 1989 Wilkinson
    Alan G. Wilkinson, Jacques Lipchitz: A Life in Sculpture, Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1989, Exhibition catalog, No. 37, p. 94-95
  • 1996 Wilkinson
    Alan G. Wilkinson, The Sculpture of Jacques Lipchitz: A Catalogue Raisonné (Volume One, The Paris Years, 1910-1940). New York, Thames & Hudson, 1996, No. 138, p. 62


  • 1953 Richmond
    Judge the Jury, Richmond, VA, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, February 13-March 22, 1953

    1953 Fredericksburg
    Special Loan Exhibition, Fredericksburg, VA, Mary Washington College, May 6-20, 1953

    1954-1955 New York/Minneapolis/Cleveland
    The Sculpture of Jacques Lipchitz, New York, NY, Museum of Modern Art, May 18-August 22, 1954; Minneapolis, MN, Walter Art Center, October 1-December 12, 1954; Cleveland, OH, Cleveland Museum of Art, January 25-March 12, 1955

    1967-1968 [Artmobile]
    The Human Figure in Art, Artmobile, February 1967-January 1968

    1989-1991 Toronto/Winnipeg/Kansas City/New York
    Jacques Lipchitz: A Life in Sculpture, Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, December 15, 1989-March 11, 1990; Winnipeg, Winnipeg Art Gallery, May 13-August 12, 1990; Kansas City, MO, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, October 7-November 25, 1990; New York, NY, The Jewish Museum, January 15-April 15, 1991


  • Museum's website (accessed August 22, 2018):
    Lipchitz came to Paris from his native Lithuania in 1909 as an art student. In 1914, on a formative trip to Spain with his close friend Diego Rivera, he began to experiment with the geometric forms of Cubism. Over the next decade he continued a dialogue with both Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris regarding the differences between two-dimensional and three-dimensional Cubism. Here Lipchitz reduced the figure to several intersecting planes, with a split down the middle emphasizing two contrasting elements: sharp angular forms on one side set against a graceful, curvilinear outline on the other, with arms joined in the middle.