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Head of a Boxer was one of a number of sculptural reliefs that Laurens made in Paris between 1919 and the mid-1920s. Though he had previously worked as a sculptor, these works emerged out of the Cubist collages that he made from 1914 to 1919. The way in which paint has been applied onto the raised terracotta surface mimics the appearance of a collage. The effect of light and shade falling across the different levels of the surface creates an additional play between flatness and volume.

September 2011