Woman with Mask by Sylvia Lefkovitz

15 × 2.5 × 3.3 inches
38.1 × 6.4 × 8.3 cm
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About the Work

The textured surface of this green patinated bronze sculpture of a woman, gives it an immediacy belied by its process of making. The figure is elongated with arms down and a mask in one hand revealing a poignant narrative of the human condition. This sculpture is signed. Born in 1924, Sylvia Lefkovitz studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal, Columbia University in New York, and at the Academie Julien in Paris. Lefkovitz moved to Florence in 1960, it was there that she discovered the classic lost-wax process. It was a perfect medium for her work, and she soon won Florence's Porcellino Award as Best Resident Foreign Artist. After a long series of Italian exhibits and retrospectives and two decades of awards and commissions in both Europe and North America, Lefkovitz returned to Montreal in 1981. She worked and taught there until her death in 1987. Major commissions of Lefkovitz's work include the eighty-figure Divine Comedy produced in 1963, as well as the Fathers of Confederation, a series of ninety separate bronze pieces commemorating the 1967 Canadian Centennial. The massive five-figure bronze Chorus was a Montreal landmark for years, standing above the entrance to the Mies van der Rohe Westmount Square Complex. And eight bronze Biblical Panels in bas relief (inspired by Ghilberti's Bronze Doors on the Baptistery in Florence) recount several stories from the Old Testament. Sylvia Lefkovitz's life and work in Italy and Canada were profiled in the National Film Board of Canada's documentary In Search of Medea: The Art of Sylvia Lefkovitz.

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