Treasures of the Swope

Cretan Woman, ca. 1935
Boris Lovet-Lorski (Lithuania 1894 – New York 1973)
Marble of Crete, 12 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 9 inches
Museum purchase with gift of the Genevieve H., Mary E., and Deborah Lynn Cramer Memorial Fund 1997.02

The Swope collection contains a number of sculptures, and one of the most popular and dramatic is “Cretan Woman” by Boris Lovet-Lorski, a Lithuanian-born sculptor, lithographer and painter who contributed significantly to the American Art Deco movement.

Her exotic, narrow, slanted eyes are a unique characteristic of the artist’s sculpted heads, which he termed a Gothic-eye. Included in his major solo exhibition at Washington, D.C.’s Cororan Gallery of Art in 1939, “Cretan Woman” exemplifies Lovet-Lorski’s approach to sculpture in the 1920s and 1930s: “Not naturalism, but stylization of the human body carried to such a degree of perfection that it creates real life, more real than the life we actually live.”

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Coming Soon at the Swope:

77th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition

November 5 – January 9

Celebrating artists from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Works were selected by juror Drék Davis. Click here for more info about the history of this annual juried exhibition and about our juror.


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