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Cubist lithograph of a female head created by a Jewish Polish refugee

Object | Accession Number: 2013.280.1

Green ink lithograph, 38/50, a Cubist study of a woman's head created by Morice Lipsi, an artist known for his sculptures, at an unknown date, but probably postwar. The print was given to Micheline Weinstein, a psychoanalyst, in the 1970s by a patient who had kept it hidden under his floor for years. Morice, who was Jewish and originally from Poland, had lived in France since 1912. When Germany invaded France in 1940, he, his wife Hildegard, and daughters Verna and Jeanine left their farm near Paris and fled to the Free French zone in the south. Hildegard then took the girls to her native Switzerland. Morice settled in Abzac and resumed his career as a sculptor. In November 1942, Germany invaded Vichy France. Morice, as a Jew, was no longer safe and decided to cross illegally into Switzerland. A priest for whose church he had made a sculpture made Morice take a booklet documenting the commission. When his identification papers were questioned on the train east, he showed the agents the booklet and they apologized, assuming that he was Catholic. He rejoined his family in Zurich. After the war ended in May 1945, the family returned to France. He learned that his brother Samuel, also a sculptor and French citizen, had been deported to Auschwitz and killed.

Artwork Title
Woman's Portrait in Green
Date
1992-1993  (received)
 (undated)
Geography
received : Paris (France)
creation : France
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Object Type
Lithographs (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Micheline Weinstein
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Record last modified: 2018-01-11 14:26:37
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