Jacques Lipchitz

Picador, Bas Relief


Not on display

Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Terracotta and plaster
Object: 508 × 647 × 102 mm
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982

Catalogue entry

T03490 Picador, Bas Relief c.1932

Terracotta with plaster back 20 × 25 1/2 × 4 (508 × 647 × 102)
Not inscribed
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982

A similar terracotta has relief of ‘Bull and Condor’ is in the collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art (Arizona 1982, 12, repr., 14 3/4 × 19 1/8 × 1 3/8ins.). Neither was included in the collection of small bronzes published by Arnason in 1969, but the Arizona relief is mentioned by Lipchitz in his autobiography, where it is dated 1933 (Lipchitz 1972, p.128). It is possible that they were included in Lipchitz's exhibition at the Galerie Maeght, Paris, in 1946 (catalogue nos. 53–5 were each titled ‘Bas-Relief. Terre cuite. 1932’). A bronze cast of the Tate Gallery relief is in the collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (Martin Weyl, Jacques Lipchitz, Bronze Sketches, 1971, 100, repr., as ‘man on horseback fighting bull, 1932’).

Lipchitz had not used bullfighting subjects before this since 1915, but there is an association with the ‘Bull and Condor’ subjects of 1932 (see T03513).

[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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