Jacques Lipchitz Study for Monument to ‘The Spirit of Enterprise’ 1953

Artwork details

Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
Study for Monument to ‘The Spirit of Enterprise’
Date 1953
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 803 x 724 x 321 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1959
Reference
T00320
Not on display

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In 1950 Lipchitz was commissioned to contribute a work to an open-air collection of sculpture commemorating American history at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. This is a study for the five-metre-wide Spirit of Enterprise that resulted. It shows a striding pioneer, bearing a caduceus (the ancient symbol of commerce), being led by an eagle. The final monument, his first major American commission, was not inaugurated until 1960.

August 2004

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