French - American Cubist sculptor Jacques Lipchitz created mostly large works of art. But he did design this special jewelry pin in the form of an abstract Menorah.
The Judaica symbol is made of gilded brass, topped with a turquoise glass stone representing the flame. The pin measures 2 by 2 inches.
The back is signed LIPCHITZ. The rollover clasp works securely. The pin is in excellent vintage condition with no notable wear.
About the artist - Jacques Lipchitz was born Chaim Jacob Lipschitz in Druskininkai, Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire. He moved to Paris (1909) to study at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian.
In the artistic communities of Montmartre and Montparnasse, he joined a group of artists that included Juan Gris and Pablo Picasso. His friend, Amedeo Modigliani, painted Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz.
Lipchitz began to create Cubist sculpture. In 1912 he exhibited at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Salon d'Automne with his first solo show held at Léonce Rosenberg's Galerie L’Effort Moderne in Paris in 1920. In 1922 he was commissioned by the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania to execute five bas-reliefs.
With artistic innovation at its height in the 1920s, he experimented with abstract forms he called transparent sculptures. Later he developed a more dynamic style, which he applied to bronze compositions of figures and animals.
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