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Turning Torso

1921; cast about 1960
Alexander Archipenko (Russian, 1887–1964), Cast by Modern Art Foundry


70.48 x 33.02 x 33.02 cm (27 3/4 x 13 x 13 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View


Americas, Europe



Torso of a woman, turning to her proper left. Elongated figure ends at neck, upper arms and mid-thigh. The proper-right shoulder is lifted higher than the left. The patina is a mottled bright blue. On a black wooden base.


Signed 1921 Archipenko 3/8 Modern Art Foundry New York, NY


1964, sold by the artist to Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Meckler; 1976, sold by Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Meckler to Forum Gallery, New York; 1984, sold by Forum Gallery to the MFA. (Accession date: February 8, 1984)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund


© Estate of Alexander Archipenko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York