Lipchitz was among the first sculptors to experiment with abstraction in sculpture (simplified or changed forms but still recognizable). As a Cubist sculptor, he represented objects from multiple angles simultaneously. This narrative piece represents the Old Testament story of Hagar and her young son Ishmael who was Abraham’s first born.
Jacques Lipchitz. Hagar, 1971. Limestone, 72 x 69.25 x 41.75 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Estate of Jacques Lipchitz.