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Jacques Lipchitz Standing in Front of His Sculpture "Figure", January 1967

John Swope

American, 1908-1979
Gelatin silver print
9-5/8 x 6-7/8 in. (24.4 x 17.5 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mrs. Herman Weiner
PH.1989.1.2
© John Swope Trust

Not on view

John Swope was a self-taught photographer who captured both the reality and the glamour of living in Hollywood. As a photojournalist who began his career working for the Resettlement Administration under the New Deal, he was influenced not only by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans but also by the painter Piet Mondrian, who taught the young photographer to search for geometry in nature. Here Swope captures the abstract sculptor Jacques Lipchitz (1891–1973) standing before Figure (1926–30), the artist a veritable stand-in for the object itself. Using Lipchitz’s dark silhouette and upright position, Swope equates the proud artist with the totem—both figures of graceful solidity.


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