Jacques Lipchitz


1931, cast 1960s

Object: 197 x 180x 146 mm
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982

Catalogue entry

T03510 Meditation 1931

Plaster 7 3/4 × 7 × 5 3/4 (197 × 178 × 146)
Inscribed ‘14.’ in blue paint, twice, under the base of the arms
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Lit: Arnason 1969, repr.63 (bronze)

The terracotta of this sculpture, which has in addition a thin base, is in the collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art (Arizona 1982, 54, repr.).

Lipchitz made a number of similarly abbreviated sculptures of heads and hands in the early 1930s, which develop his interest in the idea of a hollow space within the body. This particular pose goes back to the ‘Man Leaning on his Elbows’, 1925 (Arnason 1969, repr.21), which is itself related to the ‘transparent’ sculptures of that year.

This plaster was cast in the early 1960s.

[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