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Jacques Lipchitz handwritten letter (1960)

Jacques Lipchitz handwritten letter (1960)

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Typical handwriting of Cubist sculpture pioneer Jacques Lipchitz, writing to a lucky art student.

  • Letter written and signed by Chaim Jacob Jacques" Lipchitz to Lynn Stragger, an art student from Philadelphia, United States.
  • Comes with the original envelope.
  • One page.
  • In English.
  • 20 cm x 21.5 cm.
  • New York, March 8, 1960.
  • Good state.
  • Unique piece.

Sculptor Jacob Lipchitz (1891 - 1973), better known as Jacques Lipchitz, was a French-American artist and pioneer of Cubist sculpture. While still very young, he lived in Paris where he met other young artists such as Matisse and Modigliani. In 1913, the Mexican painter Diego Riviera introduced him to Pablo Picasso, a meeting that decisively influenced Lipchitz: fascinated by Picasso's style, he began to dedicate himself to Cubist sculpture.

During the Second World War, being Jewish, he had to flee France, occupied by the Nazis. In 1941, he moved to New York where he produced and exhibited many of his important works. He achieved international acclaim in 1954 with a major exhibition at MoMa in New York, an exhibition mentioned in this letter. In the 1960s, he returned to Europe and ended his life in Italy, where he died.

In Brazil, there is a sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz, called "Man with an Eagle", installed in the building of the Ministry of Education and Health, in Rio de Janeiro. In 1936, architect Le Corbusier led the team in charge of designing the building and suggested commissioning a piece from the sculptor. Lipchitz sent a reduced-scale prototype to Rio, mistakenly applied to the building's facade. In 1953, the sculpture was created in the correct dimensions for the Philadelphia Museum, in the United States.

What draws attention to this letter, in addition to the presence of the envelope and the excellent condition of the set, is the sculptor's incredible handwriting.

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