King Solomon

  • Alexander Archipenko, King Solomon, modeled 1963, cast 1966, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Frances Archipenko Gray and Donald H. Karshan, 1968.6

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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.

Title
King Solomon
Artist
Date
modeled 1963, cast 1966
On View
Dimensions
26 3/4 x 11 1/8 x 11 in. (67.8 x 28.4 x 28.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Frances Archipenko Gray and Donald H. Karshan

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Religion – Old Testament – Solomon
Object Number
1968.6
Palette
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