Jacques Lipchitz
Sketch for ‘Our Tree of Life’ 1962

Artwork details

Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
Sketch for ‘Our Tree of Life’
Date 1962
Medium Plaster
Dimensions Object: 825 x 470 x 290 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03491
Not on display

Display caption

Having worked on a massive sculpture of the Virgin Mary in France, Lipchitz conceived the idea of a parallel monument to the development of Judaism, his own faith. This study for the sculpture is in the form of an ancestral tree. At its base is Abraham, surmounted by the three Patriarchs. Moses surrounded by the burning bush forms the upper part, with a phoenix rising above.

August 2004