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ARTHUR LEE (American 1881-1961)
Arthur Lee was influenced by the classical statuary that he saw during his early travels through Europe and was equally indebted to the artists he studied with as a student in Paris. His truncated nudes are direct references to the sculptures of Auguste Maillol and Antoine Bourdelle.
Lee was well represented in the Armory Show (1913) with 8 works as he was highly esteemed as a proponent of the avant-garde art movement of the time. His American contemporaries from the Stieglitz Circle were also focused on the beauty of the truncated female form, including the photographic images by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, as well as the early sculpture of Gaston Lachaise.