Bust of Marsden Hartley
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Jacques Lipchitz, who had fled war-torn Paris and emigrated to America in 1941, met the modernist painter Marsden Hartley in 1942. He recalled his eagerness to do a portrait of Hartley, whose face he considered "typically American" and "very sensitive." This penetrating portrayal was done the year before Hartley's death at sixty-six and poignantly captures the painter's age and melancholy. The monumentality of the profile is in marked contrast to the wasted and drawn features of the frontal view, with its tragic overtones. Lipchitz commented that this brooding likeness of a fellow artist had been "made for myself as an exercise and demonstration." In fact, it required twenty-seven life sittings to complete Hartley's portrait. This cast, one of seven, belonged to the collectors Edith and Milton Lowenthal, who also left the Museum a rich legacy of nine paintings by Marsden Hartley.
Bronze, wood base
Overall: 21 1/8 x 9 x 13 1/4 in. (53.7 x 22.9 x 33.7 cm)
Base only: 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (19.7 x 16.5 x 21 cm) (show scale)
Inscribed on back of neck: "J Lipchitz"; and below signature, a raised circle which possibly contains the artist's fingerprint.
Gift of the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Foundation, Inc. in memory of Carl L. Selden
Over life-sized bronze head of an older man on a square, wood base painted black; man looks straight ahead; hair in comb-over parted on proper left side; figure has large beaked nose, small closed mouth, and deep wrinkles around eyes and mouth; loose modeling.
Condition: Good. Some white/greenish corrosion in crevices.
Jacques Lipchitz (American, born Lithuania, 1891-1973). Bust of Marsden Hartley, 1942. Bronze, wood base, Overall: 21 1/8 x 9 x 13 1/4 in. (53.7 x 22.9 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Edith and Milton Lowenthal Foundation, Inc. in memory of Carl L. Selden, 81.38. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 81.38_transp2735.jpg)
overall, 81.38_transp2735.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
© The Estate of Jacques Lipchitz, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York
The Brooklyn Museum holds a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of this work of art from the rights holder named here.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to contact the rights holder for this work, please email email@example.com
and we will assist if we can.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.