Seated and Standing Figures
Lithograph, second state
76 x 56.4 cm (30 x 22 in.)
Donor: The Gray Family LLC
(Archipenko Foundation Work No. 1746)
Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964) was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he studied art at the Kyiv Art Institute until 1905. In 1906 he moved to Moscow, and in 1908 to Paris. Archipenko established his reputation as a revolutionary innovator in the art world of Paris in the first decades of the 20th century, working in the milieu of artists like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Constantin Brancusi. In 1921, Archipenko moved to Berlin, and in 1923 he came to the United States, settling in Bearsville, New York (near Woodstock). He remained in America for the rest of his life – a forty-year period of prodigious creative output. Archipenko was an important pedagogue and ran his own art school. He also taught and worked in many institutions of higher learning from coast to coast as well as in the New Bauhaus in Chicago.
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