Upon his arrival in Paris in 1908, Archipenko took a radical approach to sculpture. In Paris, he was inspired by the works he saw in the Louvre including the deft handling of polychrome in the ancient Egyptian sculptures in the museum’s collection. Archipenko discussed his adoption and use of polychrome, stating: “What is the cause of the weakening of the spirit which in the past guided artists in the creation of magnificent polychrome sculpture?... [In] our daily mobile environment colors change into forms and forms into colors and there are no forms without colors…. Spiritually, esthetically, emotionally, creatively and symbolically, [form-color] interactions are as rich as the variations in a symphony, in which one musical phrase interfuses with another, thereby evoking multiple reactions in the individual” (A. Archipenko, Fifty Creative Years, 1908-1958, New York, 1960, pp. 54-45).
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