Figure assise [Seated Figure]
© Estate of Jacques Lipchitz, courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York

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Figure assise [Seated Figure] 1916
In this work the small eye identifies the sculpture as that of a human figure. From this starting point we can detect the curves of the shoulder, arms and legs. The complex and dramatic three-dimensional construction of curved and linear forms encourages the viewer to walk around the sculpture rather than observe it from a fixed point. On close inspection, it is possible to see the work is 'signed' at the back of the base with the artist's thumbprint and signature. Lipchitz's cubist sculptures were usually made in clay or plaster. This bronze was probably cast in the 1960s and is numbered as one of seven, although it is believed to be the only cast made.

Glossary Open

Cast

The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.

Cubism

A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Cast, Cubism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 1091
  • Medium Bronze (1/7)
  • Size 78.00 x 29.20 x 29.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased (Knapping Fund) 1968