Seated Figure  Lucille Corcos)

David Smith (19061965)
Iron painted black, 1936

Private collection
Art Estate of David Smith / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


Lucille Corcos (1908–1973) and the midcentury American sculptor David Smith were close friends, having met at the Art Students League in New York in the late 1920s. His welded iron portrait of her, like much of his work in the mid-1930s, pays homage to the cubism of Pablo Picasso and Julio González, the surrealist-inspired work of Alberto Giacometti, and the constructivism of Naum Gabo.

Corcos, a regular contributor to Life, Fortune, Collier’s, Mademoiselle, and the Saturday Evening Post and a noted illustrator of books for children and adults, was known for her witty, complex, genre-like portrayals of the urban landscape.