ENCOUNTERS: The Life of Jacque Lipchit by Trene Patal

ENCOUNTERS: The Life of Jacque Lipchit

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This biography of one of the greatest modern sculptors now living offers the reader many areas of interest; an intimate view of orthodox Russian-Jewish life at the end of the 19th Century which pehitz's family and community personified; Paris, in the early part of this century, when it was the adopted home of genius in every art, blooming with the creativity of Modigliani, Picasso, Soutine, Brancusi, Max Jacob, Gertrde Stein, etc., all sharing in close friendship their struggles, calamities and successes with the rising young sculptor; and, finally, America, as a refuge from the disease of anti-semitism spread throughout Europe by the Nazis, where a new life of work and love opened up for this man whose exceptional creative prowess clearly stems from a sternal fo of faith in the goodness of life. The book never attempts to evaluate or criticize; perhaps, rightly so, for Time is often the best judge. But it does capture with simplicity of style, devotion and faithfulness to the subject, the sense of the man as artist. At seventy, Lipchitz has realized a life devoted to his art which traveled through Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism to fulfillment of an individual expression which discovered and added much to modern sculpture. In August, 1961, he gave to the American-Israel Cultural Foundation for exhibit in the Jerusalem Museum of Art, three hundred original plasters, his entire life's work, in dedication to his people.

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 1961
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls