Alexander Archipenko (Ukrainian/American, 1887-1964)
signed l.l., pen and ink and crayon, with dedication verso 'To Jenny from Alexander. In souvenir of her birthday 40th [sic]1957'
30 x 21.5cm
Sold with a letter of authentication from the Archipenko Foundation.
'Uralt' will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the drawings of Archipenko.
One of the original cubists - Archipenko’s credentials at the vanguard of 20th century modernism are impeccable. Born in Kiev, Archipenko moved to Paris in 1908, which was then the epicentre of the European avant-garde. In 1912 he joined the Section d’Or, a group of painters, sculptors, poets and critics that included Picasso, Leger, Metzinger and Apollinaire amongst its members. He exhibited in the important Salon des Indépendants in 1911, which saw the cubists take over the hanging committee and caused public outrage. After Picasso, Archipenko was the first artist to experiment with cubism in three dimensions and his exploration of different colours and mediums within sculpture, and development of his sculpto-paintings, has left a lasting contribution to the development of modern art. The present work dates from c.1947 when he was settled in New York, where he lived until his death in 1964. ‘Uralt’, a German word meaning 'ancient' or 'timeless' is a typical example of Archipenko’s works on paper: an exploration of space and the relationship between objects, exploring intertwined, simplified sculptural female forms.
Our thanks to Frances Archipenko Gray for her assistance in the cataloguing of this lot.
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Sold for £14,000
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