Jacques Lipchitz First Study for Pastoral 1934

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Artwork details

Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
First Study for Pastoral
Date 1934
Medium Terracotta on plaster base
Dimensions Object: 120 x 127 x 82 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03502
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03502 First Study for Pastoral 1934

Terracotta on a plaster base, varnished 4 3/4 × 5 × 3 1/4 (120 × 127 × 82)
Inscribed ‘104’ in black paint under base
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Lit: Arnason 1969, repr.105 (bronze)

The sculpture represents the nose and eyebrows of a head, looking rather like a pig, with a horizontal shape below the nose, which in other sculptures is more clearly seen as a clenched hand. There is a connection with the fragmentary heads of 1932, such as ‘Head and Hands’, T03496, but the title is unexplained.

A large, undated drawing of the subject is reproduced in Lipchitz 1972 (repr.110) as ‘Pastorale, 1933’, and a similar drawing was reproduced much earlier as ‘1942’ (in Curt Valentin, The Drawings of Jacques Lipchitz, 1944, as ‘Pastorale 1942’). There is no connection with the sculpture ‘Pastorale, 1947’, which has two figures (A.M. Hammacher, Jacques Lipchitz, 1975, repr.132).

The foundry notes were written on a label tied onto the sculpture (‘“Study for Pastoral”/6 off. make thick plate’, with an indication that three of the casts had been made).

[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

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