On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Alexander Archipenko first conceived this work’s form—an elongated, abstracted figure of a woman—about 1918. He explored the figure numerous times in several variations and media, sometimes calling it “Vase” or “Vase Woman” and other times “Ray,” recognizing the flexibility of perception, as well as the relationship between animate and inanimate forms.
Bronze with green patina
Total height: 74 in., 215 lb. (188 cm, 97.52kg)
Sculpture: 63 x 9 x 6 in., 59 lb. (160 x 22.9 x 15.2 cm, 26.76kg)
base (Base): 11 x 14 x 14 in., 156 lb. (27.9 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm, 70.76kg) (show scale)
Proper left side, self base, edition number: "6/6"
Signed proper left side, self base: "Archipenko"
Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation
Alexander Archipenko (American, born Ukraine, 1887-1964). The Ray, 1920s. Bronze with green patina, Total height: 74 in., 215 lb. (188 cm, 97.52kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation, 2004.37.1a-b. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2004.37.1_front_PS6.jpg)
front, 2004.37.1_front_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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