Catalogue entry

T03522 Dancer with Veil 1928

Terracotta 6 7/8 × 3 1/4 × 2 3/4 (174 × 79 × 70)
Inscribed ‘J Lipchitz’ incised under base, and ‘143 3 off’ in black ink under base Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Lit: Arnason 1969, repr.31 (bronze)

There are two sculptures by Lipchitz with this title made in 1928, and bronze casts of both were exhibited in the Otto Gerson Gallery in 1963 (Jacques Lipchitz: 157 Small Bronze Sketches, 29 and 31). The other sculpture is a relief on a stand, and was associated by Lipchitz with the idea of a memorial for his sister Jenny, who died in 1928 (Lipchitz 1972, p.104). He wrote also that he ‘wished to explore subjects of greater freedom and movement’. T03522 was his most unbalanced and twisted figure up to that time, although preceded by a group of ‘transparents’ of circus figures cast from strips of wax bent like wire.

The subject is a single figure of a woman standing on her right leg, the other bent at the knees, with the foot placed against the standing leg. Three long scarves hang from her waist, one of them reaching the ground behind her. The upper half of her body, with both hands extended and head leaning back, is twisted around to her left so as to almost face behind her.

[For T03397 and T03479 to T03534 the foundry inscriptions, and reproductions of casts in other materials in the books listed below, are recorded. Abbreviations used:

Arnason 1969 H.H. Arnason, Jacques Lipchitz: Sketches in Bronze, 1969

Lipchitz 1972 Jacques Lipchitz, My Life in Sculpture, 1972

Stott 1975 Deborah A. Stott, Jacques Lipchitz and Cubism, 1975 (reprinted 1978)

Otterlo 1977 A.M. Hammacher, Lipchitz in Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, 1977

Centre Pompidou 1978 Nicole Barbier, Lipchitz: oeuvres de Jacques Lipchitz (1891–1973) dans les collections du Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1978

Arizona 1982 Jacques Lipchitz. Sketches and Models in the collection of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona. Introduction and catalogue by Peter Bermingham, 1982]

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986