Jacques Lipchitz Sketch for Lower Part of ‘Our Tree of Life’ 1962

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Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
Sketch for Lower Part of ‘Our Tree of Life’
Date 1962
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 558 x 177 x 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03525
Not on display

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This is a preparatory study for a section of Lipchitz's monument to Judaism Our Tree of Life. The stacking of interrelated elements was characteristic of his later works. Here, Lipchitz isolates Abraham as the physical and conceptual 'trunk' of the tree, while the angel prevents him from sacrificing Isaac. The monumental version (six metres in height) at Mount Scopas in Jerusalem was only inaugurated in 1978, five years after Lipchitz's death.

August 2004

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