Symmetric Torso

Alexander Archipenko (Ukrainian, 1887–1964; worked in France, Germany, and the United States)
Symmetric Torso, ca. 1921–ca. 1923

H. (with base). 33 in. (85 cm)
Given in memory of Alma Eikerman by Sarahanne Hope-Davis, 95.9


ca. 1923, Private Collection, Berlin?

ca. 1926, at a New York gallery?

ca. 1928, possibly collection of Mr. L. De Motte, New York

ca. 1944/1947, Dr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope purchased from the Karl Nierendorf Gallery, New York

ca. 1944/47–1995, Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope, Bloomington, Indiana

1995, Gift to IU Art Museum from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope


1924, possibly exhibited in "The Archipenko Exhibition," Kingore Gallery, New York (cat. no. 26)

February 9-28, 1925, possibly exhibited in "Exhibition of Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings by Alexander Archipenko," The Arts Club of Chicago (cat. no. 18)

May 31–November, 1926, exhibited at the Sesquicentennial International Exposition, Philadelphia (cat. no. 1421, in Russian Sculpture Section)

1928, possibly exhibited in "Archipentura/Archipenko," Anderson Galleries, New York (cat. no. 50)

January 18–February 12, 1944, possibly exhibited in "Alexander Archipenko: sculpture, paintings, drawings, 50th one-man show in USA, works from 1909-1944," Nierendorf Galleries, New York (cat. no. 12)

November 17-December 25, 1947, "Sculptors' Drawings and Small Sculptures," Art Center Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington

October 21–November 22, 1949, "The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope," Cincinnati Modern Art Society, Cincinnati, Ohio (cat. no. 48)

January 6–January 26, 1958, "The Present-Day Vitality of the Classical Tradition," Indiana University Art Center Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana (checklist no. 43)

October 10–December 23, 1982, “The Hope Collection: Selections from the Twentieth Century,” Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington

Catalogue Raisonné

Barth, Anette. Alexander Archipenkos plastisches Oeuvre: Zweiter Teil: Werkverzeichnis. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1997. (cat. no. 137)

Alternate Titles

Symmetrical Torso


This sculpture was in the United States by the mid-1920s, and was most likely not threatened by Nazi looting in Europe. However, provenance research on this work is ongoing. This record will be updated as more information becomes available.