125 x 37 x 43 cm (49 1/4 x 14 5/8 x 17 in.)
with signature on the back right corner unique
Jacques Lipchitz, who was born in 1891 in Lithuania as Chaim Jacob Lipchitz and lived in Paris after 1909, is one of the most important abstract sculptors of the 20th century. Especially his cubist perspective on the human figure, which he approached in a multitude of ways, bears witness to an inimitable understanding of line, area and volume. Lipchitz was quickly integrated into the Montmartre artist community and was friends with Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Diego Rivera, Amedeo Modigliani and others. He began his first cubist works in 1913 under the influence of Picasso and the sculptor colleague Alexander Archipenko. Lipchitz travelled with Rivera to Mallorca in 1914. Inspired by the radically new artistic views of Picasso and the stringent geometry of the Spanish landscape, Lipchitz decisively abandoned classically inspired sculpture and naturalist forms of representation and developed a new abstracting and cubist vocabulary for his artistic work. Following his return to Paris in 1915, Lipchitz began to realise these abstract visions, composed of hard-edged, geometrical areas, and to transfer these to his sculptural works. Already in 1916, the barely 25-year-old Lipchitz had found the fully mature, highly cubist language that is reflected in his sculptures by an inimitable equilibrium of figuration and abstraction.