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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Alexander Archipenko
SEATED FIGURE
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 396,500 USD
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133

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Alexander Archipenko
SEATED FIGURE
Estimate
120,000180,000
LOT SOLD. 396,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Alexander Archipenko
1887 - 1964
SEATED FIGURE
Inscribed Archipenko
Polished terracotta with gold leaf
Height: 29 in.
73.6 cm
Conceived and cast circa 1936; this work is unique.
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Frances Archipenko Gray.

Provenance

A.A. Juvilier, New York (acquired direclty from the artist and sold by the estate: Sotheby's, New York, May 16, 1984, lot 406)
Acquired at the above sale

Literature

Alexander Archipenko, Archipenko, Fifty Creative Years 1908-1958, New York, 1960, illustrated pl. 108 (with incorrect dimensions)

Catalogue Note

The present work is a wonderful example of Alexander Archipenko’s celebrated curvilinear female form. Seated Figure, conceived in 1936, was executed the same year the artist participated in the Museum of Modern Art’s groundbreaking exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art, curated by Alfred Barr. Conceived when the artist was living in California, Seated Figure is a prime example of the artist's manipulation of motifs and themes significant to his earlier works. The present work offers an organic fluidity as the viewer engages with an elongated twisting torso, the woman’s thighs intertwined and head bowed. While curved lines inform the individual body parts of Archipenko’s sculpture, the entire work too is defined by the concave line, as the curvilinear trajectory follows from the bowed head and bending torso down to the figure’s rounded thighs. As such, Seated Figure fundamentally exhibits Archipenko’s notion of the "new concave," through which, as the artist explains, concave outlines “become an integral part, symbolically as important as the pattern of the elevations… I obtained an entirely new and original type of sculpture with new esthetic, optical and spiritual expressions” (Alexander Archipenko, op. cit., p. 52). Characteristic of Archipenko’s oeuvre, the appendages of his female figure are notably missing, while the present body parts illuminate a reduction of form and omission of anatomical detail. Recalling the abstract, simplified visual language of Cubism, Seated Figure illuminates the key influence of avant-garde artists such as Léger, Picasso and Lipchitz, alongside whom Archipenko worked during his earlier career while living in Paris and Berlin. The present piece is a testament to the modernist vision outlined by Archipenko and his contemporaries, and marks a compelling contribution to the repertoire of this artist’s formative years.

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