Raymond Duchamp-Villon
The Lovers 1913, posthumous cast

Artwork details

The Lovers
Les Amants
Date 1913, posthumous cast
Medium Lead
Dimensions Object: 673 x 997 x 121 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1960
Not on display

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From around 1910, Duchamp-Villon began to rethink his approach to sculpture in the wake of Cubism. At the same time, he felt that modern art should be rooted in the art of the past and he often incorporated traditional motifs in his work. The male and female figures in this relief were based on a relief by the contemporary classical sculptor Aristide Malliol. Duchamp-Villon reworked the composition through four distinct versions, culminating in these radically simplified figures.

June 2009

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