Jacques Lipchitz
Jacob and the Angel 1931, cast 1960s

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Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Jacob and the Angel
La Lutte de Jacob avec l'ange
Date 1931, cast 1960s
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 247 x 349 x 184 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Not on display

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Two figures engaged in a struggle or embrace often feature in Lipchitz's work of the 1930s. For the artist they represent creative as well as moral difficulties. Here, the figures are taken from the Biblical story of Jacob's dream of wrestling with the Angel. Lipchitz was intrigued by the story because Jacob fought even though he could not hope to overcome an angel. He remarked that 'the Lord rewarded him [and] ... this meant that God wants us to fight with him.'

March 2001

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