Public Art

Joie de Vivre

By Jacques Lipchitz
Category: Sculpture


Joie de Vivre, which means “joy of living” in French, was done in 1927 at a time when the sculptor was changing from his early cubist style to a more impressionist and abstract approach. The bronze, one of seven casts of the form, suggests a figure in ribbon-like contours. The inspiration for the piece came from Lipchitz’s sister, who had a serious illness. He hoped that the joyful vibrancy of the work would help her hold on to life.

Dimensions: 8′ x 3′ x 3′
Year Completed: 1962
Material: Bronze
Owner: City of St. Louis
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg

*Photo Courtesy of Forest Park Forever.

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