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    JACQUES LIPCHITZ (French 1891 - 1973)
    La Joie d'Orphée I (The Joy of Orpheus I)
    1945 / Cast by 1958
    Bronze
    18-1/2 x 10 x 7-1/4in.
    Signed on back of base, J Lipchitz

    PROVENANCE:
    Acquired from the artist by (Curt Valentin of the Buchholz Gallery, New York);
    Mrs. Henry (Barbara) Church, New York, by 1958;
    Sale of her estate, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, January 25, 1961, no. 44;
    Private Collection;
    Property of a Gentleman

    LITERATURE:
    Robert Goldwater, Lipchitz (London, 1958), no. 25, illus.

    One of the most renowned modernist sculptors of the last century, Jacques Lipchitz moved to Paris in 1909 where he became involved in the avant-garde art scene. He began producing Cubist works around 1915 and, after meeting Juan Gris in 1916, Lipchitz's subjects became clearer and his forms less harsh. In the mid-1920s, he developed an innovative approach to sculpture, experimenting with space and juxtaposing solid forms with voids. Lipchitz called these small sculptures "transparents" and described them as a sort of "drawing in space".

    From the 1930s, his work combined the formal elements of Cubism with the open, lyrical sensibility of his transparents. The iconography of his sculptures became increasingly concerned with mythological, biblical, and sexual themes. The Joy of Orpheus I, originally conceived in 1945, is characteristic of Lipchitz's mature modernist sculptures. This work relates most strongly to The Joy of Orpheus I in the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., which was cast by 1957.

    * 1. See Jacques Lipchitz with H.H. Arnason, My Life in Sculpture (New York, 1972), p. 86, ff.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2006
    9th-10th Thursday-Friday
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