Artist’s Profile

Jacques Lipchitz

One of the leading artists of the Cubist movement, Lithuanian-born Lipchitz moved to Paris in 1909 to study where he settled in Montparnasse. He soon established himself as a prolific and highly diverse sculptor while his close contemporaries included Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani, who painted the portrait Jacques And Berthe Lipchitz of the sculptor and his Russian poet wife. Fleeing the Nazi occupation in 1941, the couple sailed to New York arriving with only a portfolio and $20 in their pockets. Lipchitz embarked on a new phase of his career infusing his work with dramatic, heroic themes.

In 1954, Lipchitz’s retrospective exhibition travelled from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He died on Capri in 1973 and was buried in Jerusalem. Today, his works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Tate London.


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