The Bather


Jacques Lipchitz ( French, 1891 - 1973 )

more object details

General Description

This sculpture is an assemblage of distinct and reductive elements, an interplay of concave and convex forms. Its identity as a human figure is underscored through the relative readability of a few important details. The small round "eye," for instance, helps to articulate the face. The gentle slope of an almost horizontal line suggests a "shoulder." The profile of the legs connotes slightly bent "knees." The manner in which the legs are truncated by the bronze base suggests, uncannily, that the figure is wading through water, holding up her skirts above the watery surface. The artist achieves a delicate balance between descriptive details and the broader abstract forms.

Excerpt from

DMA label copy, January 2003.

Web Resources