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Photo: Dan Wayne

Jacques Lipchitz
Born 1891 in Druskieniki, Lithuania
Died 1973 on Isle of Capri, Italy
Bellerophon Taming Pegasus: Large Version, 1964–66
bronze, edition 1/2
179 1/2 x 134 x 59 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust
2000.14
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Lithuanian-born Lipchitz studied in Paris at the turn of the century, coming into contact with sculptor Constantin Brancusi and other Cubist artists such as Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris. In the 1920s the moved away from Cubism toward a bold figurative style, and during World War II fled to the United States, where he began to incorporate biblical and mythological references, as seen here. This work's monumentality and timeless subject matter demonstrate its classic origins while its dynamic movement in space and Lipchitz's handling of form reveal its indebtedness to a vanguard aesthetic.