Jacques Lipchitz
Seated Man with Clarinet I 1920

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Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Seated Man with Clarinet I
Homme assis à la clarinette I
Date 1920
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 775 x 293 x 280 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Not on display

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The figure of a clarinet player emerges from a series of block-like forms in this sculpture. Musical subject matter was typical of early works by the cubists Picasso and Braque, and the angular facets of this work suggest a relationship to the geometric shapes of cubist painting. The work also reflects the aesthetic ideals of purism, a movement which began after the First World War and sought to develop aspects of cubism, emphasising simplicity and harmony.

April 2012

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