Litvak art in Philadelphia

Philadelphia can lay claim to a few superlatives in art. Probably nowhere are so many paintings by Renoir and sculptures by Jacques Lipchitz on public display within less than 1 square mile but in Philadelphia. Both have a connection to France and Lipchitz life story even leads all the way to Druskininkai in Lithuania.
Prometheus Strangling the Vulture - Jacques Lipchitz. Photo Ludo Segers

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