Jacques Lipchitz

Reclining Figure


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Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Object: 152 x 254 x 120 mm
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982

Not on display

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In the mid to late 1910s Lipchitz worked a Cubist style, using predominantly rectilinear and geometrical forms. A decade later, like many other avant-garde artists, he began to explore curvilinear forms, seeing in them the possibility of expressing living and dynamic forces. The irregular shapes - positive and negative - of this small terracotta figure echo contemporary works by Picasso and such Surrealist artists as Arp, Miró and Tanguy.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

T03503 Reclining Figure 1929

Terracotta 6 × 10 × 4 3/4 (152 × 254 × 120)
Not inscribed
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Lit: Arnason 1969, repr.36 (bronze); Lipchitz 1972, p.103

The pose of this figure resembles the ‘Reclining Nude with Guitar’ (see T00311), Lipchitz's major sculpture of 1928, but according to the sequence of his autobiography it follows this work. Another terracotta maquette, with a more naturalistic figure not punctured with holes, preceded it (Arnason 1969, repr.28 (bronze)).

The base is made of plaster. The foundry notes were written on a label tied onto the sculpture (“‘Bigger Reclining Woman”/7 off. make 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