Monday, September 10, 2007
Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973)
Cubism is like standing at a certain point on a mountain and looking around. If you go higher, things will look different; if you go lower, again they will look different. It is a point of view.
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Jacques Lipchitz was one of the leading sculptors of the 20th century. In Bather, he presents multiple views of the figure in the conceptual realism style of the Cubist movement. This was the largest figure attempted by Lipchitz at this point in his career. He says of this work: "I was returning to the problem of creating a cubist figure, free-standing in surrounding space, creating that space by its axial pivot. The legs are placed firmly at right angles to each other, and the circular movement is suggested by curvilinear forms of drapery enclosing the arm, actually enclosing space . . . It was in a sense my farewell to literal cubism, the record of the movement when it was no longer necessary for me to concentrate on the vocabulary of forms, when I could move onto a sculpture of themes and ideas." [Adapted from Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden]
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