Jacques Lipchitz
Sculpture 1915–6

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Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Date 1915–6
Medium Limestone
Dimensions Object: 980 x 280 x 180 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery, Mrs Jack Steinberg and the Rayne Foundation 1982
Not on display

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Lipchitz described works such as this one as 'abstract architectural sculptures'. He wrote that during this period he was 'building up and composing the idea of a human figure from abstract sculptural elements of line, plane and volume'. This indicates that, in spite of its abstraction, the work was based on the upper part of a human figure, seated at a table. Lipchitz would have made an original clay model of the work, which a professional stone-carver would probably copy to produce the final work.

August 2004

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