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Maker(s):Archipenko, Alexander
Culture:American, born in Ukraine, Russian Empire (1887-1964)
Title:Femme Assise
Date Made:1912
Type:Sculpture
Materials:Patinated bronze
Place Made:Paris
Measurements:Overall: 16 1/4 in x 10 5/16 in x 6 3/4 in; 41.3 cm x 26.2 cm x 17.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2001.26
Credit Line:Gift of Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937)
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Currently on view

Label Text:
Associated with the Cubist movement, Archipenko challenged traditional sculptural precepts, introducing voids and simultaneously showing different views of the subject. By 1920, Archipenko had become one of the most important sculptors of his era. Although he created highly experimental works, Archipenko was always wedded to the objective world, especially the human form.

Ukraine’s folk art tradition left a lasting imprint on Archipenko’s work. The young artist was especially impressed by Kiev’s icons, frescoes, and mosaics. He also admired ancient female stone figures, called babas, on the grounds of Kyiv University. Such images possessed an elemental directness that Archipenko reflected in his figural works.

Tags:
women; sitting; rest; pose; nudes; abstract

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