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King Solomon

1968 by Alexander Archipenko

King Solomon

Statue of King Solomon. Credit: R. Tarver for GPTMC


The biblical Solomon might not have recognized himself in Alexander Archipenko’s Cubist-influenced bronze, but for modern-day viewers the work is richly evocative. There’s a stern dignity and perhaps a hint of self-righteousness in the king’s bolt upright pose with the points of his robe or cloak framing his head.

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