Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : First Study for Government of the People

First Study for Government of the People

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

Made in United States, North and Central America



16 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 6 inches (41.9 x 26.7 x 15.2 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Ingersoll, 1981

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In 1967, the City of Philadelphia awarded Lipchitz his second commission for a public monument: a large sculpture to be installed on the southeast plaza of the Municipal Services Building, directly opposite City Hall. This initial study for the monument, first made in plaster and later cast in bronze, recalls earlier sculptures such as Rescue of the Child, in which Lipchitz created a towering monument with multiple tiers of people supporting each other's weight. These figures carry aloft an unfurled flag of Philadelphia, an image of civic pride reminiscent of Lipchitz's political works of the 1930s.