Portrait of Yulla Lipchitz
Jacques Lipchitz, American (born Lithuania), 1891 - 1973
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.