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In the Boudoir (Before the Mirror)
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In the Boudoir (Before the Mirror)

Alexander Porfirevich Archipenko, American (born Ukraine), 1887 - 1964

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
1915

Medium:
Oil, graphite, photograph, metal, and wood on panel

Dimensions:
18 x 12 inches (45.7 x 30.5 cm)

Copyright:
© Estate of Alexander Archipenko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 272, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor

Accession Number:
1941-79-119

Credit Line:
Gift of Christian Brinton, 1941

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Label:
In the Boudoir is a tour de force among the low-relief "sculpto-paintings" that Alexander Archipenko began constructing in 1914. The artist used the principle of Cubist collage to create a synthesis of painting and sculpture in these polychrome constructions. The angular fragmentation of planes and transposition of concave and convex forms in this work can be compared to similar forms in the paintings of Picasso, Braque, and Juan Gris. The work also contains a whimsical collage element in the form of a photograph of the dapper artist wearing a hat, which sits on the dressing table of the female nude coiffing her hair in the mirror.

Provenance

Christian Brinton (1870-1942), West Chester, PA, by 1932 [1]; gift to PMA, 1941. 1. The painting was lent by Brinton to the "Exhibition of Russian Painting and Sculpture: Realism to Surrealism," Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, 1932, no. 6.


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