- Jacques Lipchitz
- Marin à la guitare
- Inscribed J. Lipchitz, marked with the artist's thumbprint, numbered 4/7, and stamped with the foundry mark Modern Art Foundry. NY.
- height: 34 in.
- height: 86.5 cm
Conceived in 1917 and cast in bronze in an edition of 7.
Pierre Schlumberger (acquired from the above circa 1967)
Acquired from the above byt the present owner in 1996
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A.M. Hammacher described the origins of this work: "In 1914 Lipchitz made toreador figures, dancers and the important Sailor with Guitar. This last was the result of his watching with amusement and fascination a sailor with a guitar dancing around an attractive girl. Years later he could still remember the sailor's trousers rolled up above his knee and his cap at a jaunty angle, details from a reality that passes over into the unreality of a spatial image, in which memories disappear, anatomy no longer exists and curves, straight lines and taut planes exert a mutual influence on each other and form a totally new organism. The guitar has become a centre, a nodal point of forms, which meet each other there and which together determine the total play of light and shadow on a free, rhythmic basis" (A.M. Hammacher, Lipchitz in Otterlo (exhibition catalogue), Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, 1977, n.p.)
Images of mandolin or guitar players figured largely in Lipchitz’s production during and after the First World War. The subject was not uncommon among the Cubists, but Lipchitz was one of the few artists to render this figure as a man. The gender choice is important to note, as the abstraction of the male body was a rare subject for artists of this era. Lipchitz, however, fully explored the aesthetic potential of the masculine form, using broad, angular forms and sharp angles to render the powerful body.
Lipchitz first rendered this figure in a stone version in 1917, and that sculpture is now in the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Not long after moving to New York in the 1940s, Lipchitz had the sculpture cast in bronze by the Modern Art Foundry in Long Island City in an edition of 7, and another cast from this edition is in the collection of the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.