Alexander Porfyrovych Archipenko (also referred to as Olexandr, Oleksandr, or Aleksandr/ Ukranian: Олександр Порфирович Архипенко) (1887 – 1964)
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Le Rendez-Vous des Quatre Formes, from the portfolio Les Formes Vivantes
1963, lithograph on paper
Smithsonian Museum of Art
1913, Painted plaster 24 x 19 1/8 x 13 3/8 inches (61 x 48.6 x 34 cm)
Guggenheim Museum, New York
1913–14, Painted tin, wood, glass, and painted oil cloth, 49 7/8 x 20 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches (126.6 x 51.5 x 31.7 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Alexander Archipenko was a Ukrainian artist of the avant-garde movement. Archipenko was born in Kiev, during a time in which it was a part of the Russian Empire. In 1902 Archipenko enrolled at the Kiev Art School (KKHU), and later studied under S. Svyatoslavsky.
Seated Female Nude with Left Leg Bent
1920s, Pencil and black chalk, 49.9×31.8 cm
Hermitage Museum, Russia
Seated Female Nude with Left Hand at Breast
Charcoal and white chalk on brownish-pink cardboard, 50.1×32 cm
Hermitage Museum, Russia
In 1906, Archipenko moved to Moscow, where there were more opportunities to exhibit and meet other artists. After only a few years in Moscow, Archipenko moved to Paris to join “Colony La Ruche” a popular artist’s colony. Archipenko was in the company of other Russian artists, including Nathan Altman and Sonia Delaunay-Terk. Colony La Ruche helped Archipenko forge his way into the Parisian art scene, and exhibit in the Salon des Independants and the Salon d’Automne. Archipenko showed alongside Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Andre Derain.
Two Nude Female Figures with a Cloth
Watercolour and gouache over pencil sketch on cream cardboard, 57.5×43.7 cm
Hermitage Museum, Russia
Two Nude Female Figures (Standing and Seated)
1920s, Pencil on paper, 49.8×31.8 cm
Russia Hermitage Museum, Russia
Study for “In the Cafe”
1915, pen & ink on paper, 8 1/8 X 5 1/4 in (20.7 X 13.3 cm)
Archipenko had his first solo show in 1912 at the Museum Folkwang in Hagen, and the next year he exhibited in the New York Armory Show. Archipenko moved to Nice for a short time before settling in Berlin, where he opened his own art school. In 1922 Archipenko showed his work in an important exhibition for Russian artists, along with Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky and Solomon Nikritin.
1918-20, Ink on Paper, 21.9 x 13.9 cm
Woman with Umbrella
Pen and ink on paperboard, 27.1 x 21.2 cm
In 1923 Archipenko left Berlin and moved to New York. After becoming a citizen of the United States in 1929, Archipenko was selected to exhibit in the Ukrainian pavilion at the World’s Fair in Chicago.
1919-20, Oil on Canvas, 32.3 x 25.1 cm
Seated Female Nude
1909-11, Bronze cast (1926), 13.2 x 15.1 cm
1926, Gilded metal, 34.8 x 18.7 x 6.4 cm
Throughout the 1930s Archipenko continued to exhibit throughout Europe and the United States. Archipenko is known for his contributions to cubism, and for creating a new form of ‘sculpto-paintings’, which offered a new range of materials and methods of construction. Archipenko’s work is now in important collections internationally.
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