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Jacques Lipchitz papers and Bruce Bassett papers concerning Jacques Lipchitz, circa 1910-2001, bulk 1941-2001

Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973

Painter, Sculptor

This site provides access to the papers of Jacques Lipchitz and Bruce Bassett concerning Jacques Lipchitz in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2012. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 12,803 images.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Foundation, Inc.

Collection Information

Size: 52.8 Linear feet

Summary: The Jacques Lipchitz papers and Bruce Bassett papers concerning Jacques Lipchitz measure 52.8 linear feet and are dated circa 1910-2001, with the bulk of the material from the period 1941-2001. Papers are comprised of sculptor Jacques Lipchitz's personal papers and filmmaker Bruce Bassett's papers relating to Jacques Lipchitz. Lipchitz's personal papers contain personal and professional correspondence, comprising nearly half of the series, and biographical material, writings by and about Lipchitz, printed material, and photographs documenting Lipchitz's commissions, exhibitions, friendships, and interests. Also found are records relating to the compilation and production of The Sculpture of Jacques Lipchitz: A Catalogue Raisonné by Alan G. Wilkinson. The Bruce Bassett papers relating to Jacques Lipchitz consist mainly of Bassett's extensive audiovisual documentation of Lipchitz's life and art. Also found are paper records related to the audiovisual projects, including letters, business records, printed materials, and production records. A small quantity of material unrelated to Lipchitz is also found among the Bassett material, including video and sound recordings related to Sidney Lifchez, IBM, Isamu Noguchi, the Storm King Sculpture Center, and Auguste Rodin.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), an internationally known and influential Cubist sculptor, studied in Paris and established his career there. He fled Paris just before the German occupation, arrived in New York City in 1941, and eventually settled in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Provenance

Donated in 2010 by Hanno D. Mott, step-son of Jacques Lipchitz, and also on behalf of Loyla R. Lipchitz and Frank L. Mott.

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Language Note

The bulk of papers are in English and French. Some papers are in Russian, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Latvian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Funding

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by The Jacques and Yulla Lipchitz Foundation, Inc.