Jacques Lipchitz Head and Hand 1932

Artwork details

Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
Head and Hand
Date 1932
Medium Terracotta
Dimensions Object: 197 x 158 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03496
Not on display

Display caption

Although Lipchitz was never linked to the Surrealist group, in the early 1930s he often showed a preoccupation with the themes of metamorphosis, dislocation, and allusion to myth that were very much associated with Surrealism in this period. In this small sculpture there is no obvious narrative explanation for the bird-like head resting on the hand. However, the subject is reminiscent of myths of the classical world, which are filled with stories of humans mixing with beasts, or being turned into animals. This allusion to ancient fables is reinforced by the use here of terracotta, a medium particularly associated with earthenware and figurines of classical times.

August 2004

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