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“The Figure” by Jacques Lipchitz

Figure by Lipchitz

“The Figure” by Jacques Lipchitz was modelled between 1926-1930 and cast in bronze in 1958-1961 was inspired by the principles of Cubism. Lipchitz’s style incorporated biomorphic shapes which model artistic design elements on life. Biomorphic comes from combining the Greek words ‘bios’, meaning life, and ‘morphe’, meaning form and was introduced in the 1930s to describe the imagery in the abstract types of surrealist art.

Jacques Lipchitz was a Lithuanian Jewish sculptor, whose work was influenced by cubism. He lived and worked in France, USA, Israel and Italy. Lipchitz was absorbed by themes of love, motherhood, homeland, humanity and of goodness and evil as depicted in the images of the Old Testament of Greek and Roman mythology.

Essential Facts:

  • Title:                      The Figure
  • Artist:                    Jacques Lipchitz
  • Year:                      Modelled 1926-1930; Cast 1958-1961
  • Material:              Bronze Casting
  • Museum:              Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Artist Essential Facts:

  • Name:              Jacques Lipchitz
  • Born:               Chaim Jacob Lipchitz
  • Lithuanian:    Jacques Lipshits
  • Born:               1891 – Druskininkai,  Lithuania
  • Died:               1973 (81 years old) – Capri, Italy
  • Notable work


“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin



Photo Credit: By Cliff (Flickr: Figure) [CC BY 2.0 ( or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons