Oct 21, 2005

Detachable Figure (Dancer)

Detachable Figure (Dancer)


Jacques Lipchitz

(French, born in Lithuania, 1891–1973)

Ebony and oak

Overall: 98.1 cm (38 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Aye Simon 1972.367

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Inspired by artists Picasso and Braque, Lipchitz adapted their innovations in painting to sculpture. His series of Detachable Figures were made with solid blocks of material to simulate the geometric shapes of his friends' paintings.


Lipchitz began making Cubist sculptures in 1915, the year he produced this rare assemblage of oak and ebony blocks. The interlocking blocks suggest abstract patterns of light and shadow, while multiple views of a single figure appear at the top. One face is delicately carved into a block near the raised arm, while two ebony blocks on the adjacent side suggest an abstract face with the elongated features of an African mask.

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