Modern and Contemporary Art
Alexander Porfirevich Archipenko, American (born Ukraine), 1887 - 1964
Oil paint, graphite, paper, and metal on panel
1950-134-1The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
LabelExempt from military duty because of an impaired leg, Alexander Archipenko spent World War I (1914-1918) in Nice, and his sudden preoccupation with intense color and soft, golden light can be seen as a direct result of his stay in this sun-drenched Mediterranean resort. Lacking the proper facilities for making large-scale sculpture, the artist turned to what he called "sculpto-painting," a collage medium in low relief. While this female bather was undoubtedly inspired by real-life swimmers that Archipenko would have seen on the beach during his time in Nice, the presence of a delicately shaded classical column imbues the composition with a timeless quality.
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