Bather, Alexander Archipenko
Alexander Archipenko
Bather
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Alexander Archipenko

Bather, 1915


Dimensions
47.5 x 23.0 x 18.5 cm
Physical Description
Wire, papier-mâché and plaster
Inventory Number
St.P416
Acquisition
Acquired in 1987 with support of the Ernst von Siemens-Kunstfonds and donations by Johanna Quandt, Hoechst AG et. al. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

'Paragone' is the name given in art history to the 'contest of the arts', in which the main issue was always the relative ranking of painting and sculpture - a rivalry which the Ukrainian sculptor dismisses, as it were, with 'Woman Bathing'. He achieves an equal combination of both genres in the objects in his workgroup to which he gave the name 'sculpto-paintings'. Together they unfold their effect without one of the arts outstripping the other. Made of papier mâché and plaster, the object not only shows a three-dimensional woman's body, but also suggests - by means of blue paint as a part of the work - the water in which she is bathing.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Bather
Sculptor
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Wire, papier-mâché and plaster
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1987 with support of the Ernst von Siemens-Kunstfonds and donations by Johanna Quandt, Hoechst AG et. al. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 31AA231(+89) standing figure - AA - female human figure (+ nude human being)
  • 31A25161 arm or hand held in front of the chest
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15.05.2019