Jacques Lipchitz The Snuffer 1930, cast 1960s

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Artwork details

Artist
Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Title
The Snuffer
Date 1930, cast 1960s
Medium Painted plaster
Dimensions Object: 177 x 152 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03506
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03506 The Snuffer 1930

Painted plaster 7 × 6 × 6 × (177 × 152 × 152)
Inscribed ‘40’ in blue paint inside the hollow cast, twice
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Lit: Arnason 1969, repr. 57 (bronze); Lipchitz 1972, p.119

Lipchitz implies that this was an unimportant piece:

There were other curious and sometimes funny maquettes from this period suggesting caricature heads that I entitled ‘Cinderella’, the ‘Snuffer’, and ‘Head of a Woman’ (Lipchitz, loc. cit.).

The title presumably refers to the large nose of the head. The plaster, cast in the early 1960s, is painted a dark terracotta colour.

[For T03397 and T03479 to T03534 the foundry inscriptions, and reproductions of casts in other materials in the books listed below, are recorded. Abbreviations used:

Arnason 1969 H.H. Arnason, Jacques Lipchitz: Sketches in Bronze, 1969

Lipchitz 1972 Jacques Lipchitz, My Life in Sculpture, 1972

Stott 1975 Deborah A. Stott, Jacques Lipchitz and Cubism, 1975 (reprinted 1978)

Otterlo 1977 A.M. Hammacher, Lipchitz in Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, 1977

Centre Pompidou 1978 Nicole Barbier, Lipchitz: oeuvres de Jacques Lipchitz (1891–1973) dans les collections du Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1978

Arizona 1982 Jacques Lipchitz. Sketches and Models in the collection of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona. Introduction and catalogue by Peter Bermingham, 1982]


Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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