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    Sale 2046

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    6 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 195

    Alexander Archipenko (1887-1965)

    Family Life

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    Alexander Archipenko (1887-1965)
    Family Life
    signed, titled, inscribed, dated and numbered 'Archipenko LA VIE DE FAMILLE FRAGMENT PREMIERE REPLICA 1935 PARIS 1912 2/10F' (on the right side)
    bronze with brown patina
    Height: 18¼ in. (46.3 cm.)
    Length: 30½ in. (77.5 cm.)
    Conceived in 1912; this version conceived in 1935; this bronze version cast in 1969 by the estate of the artist


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    The Archipenko Foundation will include this work in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of sculptures by Alexander Archipenko.

    According to Donald Karshan, Family Life was originally conceived as a six foot sculpture in white plaster depicting two full-length figures with a child. The work was first exhibited at the Paris Salon d'Automne and in New York at the infamous Armory Show of 1913. Due to its fragile nature the plaster was presumably destroyed on its shipment back to Paris. "In 1935, Archipenko made a reconstruction in terracotta of the upper portion only (which he apparently considered the vital segment) in the same life-size scale as the original plaster. From this terracotta, in 1968, the estate issued an edition...No casts were made during the artist's lifetime" (in op. cit., 1985, p. 20).

    Provenance

    Estate of the artist.
    Bernard Danenberg Galleries, Inc., New York.
    Acquired from the above by the late owner, 1970.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Gerald Tsai, Jr.


    Literature

    A. Archipenko, Archipenko, Fifty Creative Years 1908-1958, New York, 1960, pl. 104 (terracotta version ilustrated).
    D.H. Karshan, ed., Archipenko, International Visionary, Washington D.C., 1969, p. 39, no. 33 (another cast illustrated, p. 39)
    D.H. Karshan, Archipenko, Sculpture, Drawings and Prints 1908-1963, Danville, Kentucky, 1985, p. 20, no. 11 (another cast illustrated, pp. 40-41).