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King Solomon

modeled 1963, cast 1966 Alexander Archipenko Born: Kiev, Russia 1887 Died: New York, New York 1964 bronze 26 3/4 x 11 1/8 x 11 in. (67.8 x 28.4 x 28.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Frances Archipenko Gray and Donald H. Karshan 1968.6 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Wing


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King Solomon was the last sculpture that Alexander Archipenko made and the only one that he conceived as a monumental sculpture. Throughout his career, Archipenko experimented with positive and negative space in his sculptures, often using voids or holes to suggest form. In King Solomon, he placed abstract shapes together to create the vague shape of a figure. The tall prongs at the top evoke a crown, and the intersecting triangles suggest an imposing archaic costume. Archipenko captured a dramatic sense of scale, and it is easy to imagine how formidable this figure would be if enlarged to the sixty-foot-tall version that the artist envisioned.

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Religion - Old Testament - Solomon

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metal - bronze

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