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and lets me read the inscription on the back of the sculpture:

"Yaacob Lipchitz, a Jew, faithful to the religion of his fathers, created this Virgin for fuller understanding between men on this earth for the preserving of the spirit".

The priginal [[original]] piece was put in the church in Assai, France in 1954.  Two more variations are now one in a church in the United States and one in the island of Iona in Scotland.  In that island had missionair [[missionnair]] Colomba, which was sent from Ireland in 563, erected the first Christian base, and he is the one who brought Christianity to the Picts and the Scots.  Imagines - smiles the great artist - and in all this places there is a sculpture created by the Jew from Druskinik, Yaakob Lipchitz.

I shall be untruthful if I shall create an impression, that I quote, verbatim, all the beautiful things that Lipchitz said in a conversation that lasted well over two hours, more so since I could only jot down some notes which I try now to decipher.

Lipchitz complained on the loss of contact between his generation to the young generation.  He visits museums and does not find continuity.
We were creating for the future, and now it seems we had to create for the preseent [[present]], he says.

I ask what he means and mention some works of young artists exhibited lately in Museum of Modern Art.  "These weldings - I used to work in iron and weldings many years ago.  This is how it started.  I read a pamphlet written by Leonardo in which he mocked at the sculptors, wrote that they are like masons, working with scaples and hammers, all covered with dust.  This hurt me.  I looked for some easier kind of sculpture.."

Lipchitz came to Paris in 1909.  He was Picasso's close friend, Diego Rivera's and many of the foremost revolutionizers of art, was entangled in the birth of cubism.  But later started to look for the "subject", for the "truths" which he endeavoured to express in sculpture.  Somehow we came to the question to which every one has his own answer: Realism in art.

"It depends on how this sentence is said.  When I was a student, my teachers used to tell me, that the only thing that should be done is to copy the model.  I was a young man, I went to museums and thought: If my teachers are right - then there is no piece of art in the museums.  In all the many generations the model did not change, but since the works of art are so different from each other, it must be that the e y e s changed."
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