Woman with Braid
Jacques Lipchitz, American (born Lithuania), 1891 - 1973
Woman with Braid was inspired by the daughter of a local fisherman on the Spanish island of Majorca. As Lipchitz recalled, she "always wore her hair in a long braid with a cloth sewn over half of it, perhaps to protect her clothes from the oil she used in her hair." The combined frontal and profile views of the woman's body and face suggest the artist's interest in both Cubism and non-Western art forms, such as Egyptian relief sculpture. This work was the first by Lipchitz to be displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, when it was included in the 1940 Sculpture International exhibition.