Lot 169
  • 169

Jacques Lipchitz

200,000 - 300,000 USD
250,000 USD
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  • Jacques Lipchitz
  • Composition cubiste
  • Signed JLipchitz (upper left)
  • Gouache and pencil on panel


Galerie L'Effort Moderne (Léonce Rosenberg), Paris
Herbert M. Rothschild, New York
Galerie Berri-Raspail, Paris (possibly) 
Private Collection (acquired by the mid-1980s)
Acquired from the above in 2006

Catalogue Note

This rare flat-work was painted in 1918, nine years after Lipchitz's arrival in Paris from Vilna in 1909. He initially received a traditional training at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian, but already at the onset of his career, the artist displayed an interest in a wide range of influences, from classical to tribal. During his early years in the French capital, Lipchitz met many of the leading figures of the Parisian avant-garde, who introduced him to new artistic interpretations, including the techniques of Cubism. By the time he executed this work in 1918, Lipchitz had succeeded in defining a Cubist language in sculpture that effectively transformed the tenets of this seminal movement into his dominant medium. The artist's most successful works, including Composition cubiste, arise from the years directly following World War I, when he collaborated closely with Juan Gris (see fig. 1).

The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Pierre Levai.