Jacques Lipchitz Bull and Condor 1932, cast 1960s

Artwork details

Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
Bull and Condor
Le Taureau et le condor
Date 1932, cast 1960s
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 210 x 325 x 150mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03513
Not on display

Display caption

The poet Juan Larrea told Lipchitz about fiestas in Peru where a condor is bound to a bull so that they fight. Lipchitz said that he heard the story at a time when he was profoundly depressed by the rise of Nazism, and that: 'the bull and the condor, and particularly the human beings who delighted in their struggle, signified the insane brutality of the world.' The rough handling of this maquette embodies the violence of its subject. Although he acknowledged its potential, Lipchitz never made a larger-scale work on this theme.

August 2004