Archipenko Alexander Walking

Archipenko Alexander Walking

Alexander Archipenko b Kiev, 1887. d New York. NY. 1964 Walking. 1912. Bronze. Private collection Braque, Giacometti. Lipchitz. Picasso

Archipenko Alexander Walking

At first glance this sculpture seems to be abstract. Looking closer, it is possible to see a walking woman, who has been made out of bronze with a green surface.

Archipenko created the figure by using gaps and by hollowing out sections. Her head, for example, is made from the space created by the bronze around it. This is possibly the first work in the his ton’ of Western sculpture to introduce such concepts of construction, representing a radical departure from the Classical tradition. Archipenko was associated with the Cubist movement, which challenged and redefined the traditional approach to portraying the human form. I lis use of holes and spaces to create a new way of looking at the human figure paralleled the Cubists’ method of fragmenting the subject, portraying a number of views of the same object simultaneously. Archipenko developed his sculptural techniques further by mixing together different materials.