Jacques Lipchitz David and Goliath, on a Column 1933

Artwork details

Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
David and Goliath, on a Column
David et Goliath
Date 1933
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 330 x 133 x 133 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03495
Not on display

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Lipchitz used scenes from the Old Testament or from classical mythology to convey explicitly political messages at a time when authoritarian politics were beginning to dominate Europe. A Lithuanian-born Jew, he wrote that this David and Goliath study was related to ‘my hatred of fascism and my conviction that the David of freedom would triumph over the Goliath of oppression’. In the larger version of the work, exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1934, Lipchitz placed a swastika on the chest of Goliath, drawing an explicit parallel with the Nazi threat.

November 2006

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