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Lipchitz stated that this work represented ‘a human head with even a feeling of monumental dignity. Yet the entire effect is achieved essentially by two interlocking sculptural planes.’ He regarded it as the first Cubist sculpture in which he successfully retained a sense of organic life, and wrote that it was ‘my most non-realistic work to that time but was still strongly rooted in nature... From this point I was able to create Cubist sculpture with a confidence and understanding of what I was doing’.

August 2004