Kiew, Ukraine 1887 - 1964 New York, NY, USA
Alexander Archipenko is considered one of the pioneers of modern sculpture. Inspired by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Fernand Léger, he was the first to transfer Cubism to sculpture. While the proportions of the bodies represented in his early works were stocky and stout, he slimmed the limbs down and extended them in an expressive style from 1912 on. With unknown radicality, he punctuated the sculpture with consciously designed hollows and openings that enhanced the syntax of its structure and created a new kind of dialogue between substance and space. Furthermore, the reintroduction of colour to sculpture in Archipenko's 'Sculpto-Peinture' substantiated his reputation as one of the leading sculptors of his time. In the year 1923, he moved to New York, founded a sculpture school, and lived there until his death.
The Last Moment of the City of Pompeii
1925 / posthumous cast, 2007
17,3 x 33,5 x 16,5 cm / 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.
with signature and numbered '2/12 F' with stamp of the Modern Art Foundry and year of the cast 'MA 07' edition of 2 lifetime, 12 posthumous casts
Glorification of Beauty (Standing Concave)
bronze, originally silver-plated
1925 / posthumous cast 1968
Höhe 49,4 cm, Breite 13,3 cm, Tiefe 13,8 cm / height 19 3/8
with signature, numbered and inscribed '12/12 F' overall edition 19 casts: 6 lifetime casts (partly not numbered), 13 numbered posthumous casts