Song of the Vowels

Jacques Lipchitz, French, 1891–1973

Song of the Vowels, Designed 1931–32; executed 1969

Cast bronze
The John B. Putnam Jr. Memorial Collection, Princeton University

Jacques Lipchitz fused the harp with the harpist to form a powerful hybrid. Inspired by symphony concerts in Paris, the work embodies the Cubist principles of structure and form for which the sculptor was well known. Seventh of an edition of seven, Princeton's version is unique in that it adds a square base to the pedestal, an element not found in earlier casts.