Alexander Archipenko, ‘Agyptisches Motiv’, 1917, michael lisi / contemporary art

This posthumous cast, created in 1979 from the original sculpture produced by the artist in 1917, is cast bronze with a gree patina. With the artist’s etched signature, this artwork measures 17 x 5 x 5 in (43.2 x12.7 x 12.7 cm) with base. (Literature: Comp. Helga Schmoll gen. Eisenwerth und Angela Heilmann, Alexander Archipenko, Saarland Museum Saarbrücken, vol.1, 1986, 38.)

About Alexander Archipenko

Drawing influence from Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Alexander Archipenko developed a sculptural form of Cubism using interlocking and overlapping solids and sculptural voids to show various views of the figure simultaneously. Works like Woman Combing Her Hair (1918) demonstrate his continuous exploration of the female form and its relation to space. Considered the first Cubist sculptor, Archipenko furthered his legacy of experimentation throughout his career, introducing sculptural collage and mixed-media sculpture that integrated multicolored glass, acrylic, and terra cotta into single objects he called “sculpto-paintings”. Archipenko later moved away from capturing perspective in order to attempt to sculpt movement itself.

Ukrainian, 1887-1964, Kiev, Ukraine