- Alexander Archipenko
- Turning Torso
Thence by descent
Donald H. Karshan, Archipenko International Visionary, Washington, D.C., 1969, no. 38 illustration of the bronze version p. 63
Alexander Archipenkos Erbe Werke von 1908 bis 1963 aus dem testamentarischen Vermächtnis (exhibition catalogue), Moderne Galerie des Saarland-Museums, Saarbrücken, 1986, no. 47, illustration of another example p. 109
Anette Barth, Alexander Archipenkos plastisches Oeuvre, Frankfurt, 1997, no. 245, illustration of the plaster version p. 253
Alexander Archipenko (exhibition catalogue), Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, 2008, nos. 51 & 52, illustrations of plaster versions pp. 114 & 115
Turning Torso was executed in the early 1920s, when Archipenko was living in Berlin with his new wife Angelika, the main inspiration for the female figures he executed during this period. At this point in his career, the artist was turning his attention away from the Cubist works which had made him famous, and moving toward more naturalistic representations of the human form. Turning Torso was conceived in the midst of this creative awakening, and the technical precision and grace with which it was rendered speaks of the artist's passion for this new mode of representation and for his model.
Early carved marbles by Archipenko appear very rarely on the market, and the present work, recently rediscovered in a private California collection, is one of only a few extant marble versions of this particular form. Archipenko later made two bronze editions of Turning Torso during his lifetime, underscoring its great significance in the context of his oeuvre. Another marble example of similar coloration may be found in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.