Jacques Lipchitz

Woman Leaning on a Column

1929, cast 1960s

Not on display

Jacques Lipchitz 1891–1973
Painted plaster
Object: 254 × 133 × 89 mm
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982

Catalogue entry

T03521 Woman Leaning on a Column 1929

Painted plaster 10 × 5 1/4 × 3 1/2 (254 × 133 × 89)
Inscribed ‘32.’ in blue paint under base
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Lit: Arnason 1969, repr.40 (bronze); Lipchitz 1972, p.107

There are three versions of this maquette (Arnason 1969, reprs.38–40) and a similar ‘Reclining Woman on a Puff’ (Arnason 1969, repr.41). No larger version was made, but Lipchitz links these studies with the much later striding figure in ‘The Spirit of Enterprise’, 1953 (T03493 and T00320).

The terracotta original of this sculpture is in the collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art (Arizona 1982, 32, repr.). This plaster is painted in three shades of brown, and was cast in the early 1960s.

The title was probably given by the artist before the exhibition of the bronze at the Otto Gerson Gallery, New York, in 1963. The ‘Column’ is not represented, although the massive right leg and torso of the woman are rather columnar. She rests both hands under her chin, and her eyes and nose are incised into the concave surface of her face.

[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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