Half Standing Figure

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

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1915

Medium:
Lead

Dimensions:
19 x 5 x 3 3/8 inches (48.3 x 12.7 x 8.6 cm) With base: 22 1/4 x 6 5/8 x 4 inches (56.5 x 16.8 x 10.2 cm) crate: 37 × 19 1/4 × 15 1/2 inches (94 × 48.9 × 39.4 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1952-61-71

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Label:
Before the war, Jacques Lipchitz had a studio in Montparnasse in the artists’ complex called La Ruche. Lipchitz made Half-Standing Figure at the pinnacle of his experimentation with Cubism. Reduced to a set of streamlined, interlocking planes, the human figure takes on an architectural quality. Lipchitz defined this period in his art as “the epoch of cathedrals,” and compared this upward-reaching piece to the soaring heights of Gothic architecture.