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Jacquues Lipchitz



Jacquues Lipchitz


(b Druskieniki, Lithuania, 22 Aug 1891; d Capri, 26 May 1973).

French sculptor of Russian birth active in the USA. Lipchitz grew up in Druskieniki. His father, a Jewish building contractor, opposed his son’s desire to become a sculptor, but his mother was sympathetic and arranged for him to go to Paris in 1909. He arrived with no formal academic training and studied briefly at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts before transferring to the Académie Julian. Mornings were spent drawing and modelling from life; during the rest of the day he visited museums. Lipchitz’s early nudes and portraits of 1910–12 have much in common with the classicism of Maillol and Charles Despiau, although he himself suggested that they had a common source in Greek and medieval art. On a visit to St Petersburg in 1911, he became particularly interested in the Scythian sculpture collection in the Hermitage. Lipchitz remained fascinated with the sculpture of the great non-European traditions throughout his life, and was an ardent collector of non-Western (especially African) art.





La joie de vivre


Bird Flight


Tel Aviv, Museum of Art


Mother and Child




Prometheus Strangling the Vulture


Covenant of the People


Peace on Earth, Music Center of Los Angeles County


Seated Man with Guitar


Rescue II


Homme assis avec guitare


Sailor with Guitar






Man with a Guitar


Frutero con uvas

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