Portrait of Yulla Lipchitz

Jacques Lipchitz, American (born Lithuania), 1891 - 1973

Date:
1956

Medium:
Plaster

Dimensions:
23 1/2 x 7 x 10 1/2 inches (59.7 x 17.8 x 26.7 cm)

Copyright:
© The Estate of Jacques Lipchitz, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2002-88-4

Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Foundation, Inc., 2002

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Unlike Cubist painters, who subjected their sitters to the same fragmentation as a guitar or a newspaper in a still-life composition, Lipchitz aimed to capture a realistic likeness of the sitter in his portraits. That idea is reflected in this plaster of his second wife, in which Lipchitz captures her indomitable spirit by emphasizing her high cheekbones and wide eyes. Nevertheless, Yulla Lipchitz considered this portrait so unflattering that she jokingly threatened to divorce him.