Modern and Contemporary Art
In the Boudoir (Before the Mirror)
Alexander Porfirevich Archipenko, American (born Ukraine), 1887 - 1964
Oil, graphite, photograph, metal, and wood on panel
1941-79-119Gift of Christian Brinton, 1941
LabelIn the Boudoir is a tour de force among the low-relief "sculpto-paintings" that Alexander Archipenko began constructing in 1914. The artist used the principle of Cubist collage to create a synthesis of painting and sculpture in these polychrome constructions. The angular fragmentation of planes and transposition of concave and convex forms in this work can be compared to similar forms in the paintings of Picasso, Braque, and Juan Gris. The work also contains a whimsical collage element in the form of a photograph of the dapper artist wearing a hat, which sits on the dressing table of the female nude coiffing her hair in the mirror.
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