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Figure, 1926-30

Jacques Lipchitz
French, 1891-1973
83-1/4 x 38-1/2 x 28-1/2 in. (211.5 x 97.8 x 72.4 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
© Estate of Jacques Lipchitz

On view

Born in Lithuania, Lipchitz settled in Paris in 1909, where he became friends with Gris, Archipenko, and Modigliani, and lived next door to Brancusi. His meeting with Picasso in 1913 influenced the course of his artistic development. Lipchitz responded to the sculptural potential inherent in Cubist theory, and became the foremost Cubist sculptor of the era. Shortly before he began work on The Figure, Lipchitz experimented with small works he called "transparents." He described himself as "playing with space, with a kind of open, lyrical construction that was a revelation to me." His most famous work, The Figure, was partly inspired by the tribal art that he collected. Indeed, the bronze has a powerful presence not unlike that of totemic figures. In 1941 Lipchitz moved to the United States, where he spent the rest of his life.

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