Kiev, Ukraine 1887 - New York, United States 1964

La Lutte ou Boxeurs

Struggle or The Boxers


bronze, cast 7/8

free-standing abstract

Dimensions (HxWxD): 24 12 x 15 x 18 in.


Acc. No.: M1983.189

Credit Line: Purchase, Virginia Booth Vogel Acquisition Fund

Photo credit:, ph. Larry Sanders


  • Artist's estate
  • 1983, New York, Zabriskie Gallery
  • 1983, Purchase, Virginia Booth Vogel Acquisition Fund


  • Museum's website, August 30, 2012
  • 1986 Milwaukee Art Museum
    Guide to the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee, ed. Rosalie Goldstein, 1986, p. 137
  • 1998 Sobel
    Dean Sobel, From Figure to Floor: Sculpture in the 20th century fom the Collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, 1998, p.64, cat. 3
  • 2001 Milwaukee Art Museum
    Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum, New York, Hudson Hill Press, 2011, p.124
  • 2004 Milwaukee Art Museum
    Collection Guide : Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, cat.35, ill. p.25
  • 2011 Guttmann
    Allen Guttmann, Sports and American Art from Benjamin West to Andy Warhol, Amherst, Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts Press, 2011, p.172, ill.35


  • 1967-1969 Los Angeles/Cincinnati/Colorado Springs/Dallas/San Diego/Utica/Washington/Phoenix/Minneapolis/St Louis/Chicago
    Archipenko exhibition, Los Angeles, UCLA; Cincinnati Art Museum; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Fine Arts Center San Diego; Utica, Munson-Williams Proctor Institute; Washington, Smithsonian Institute; Phoenix Art Museum; Minneapolis, Walker Arts Center; St Louis, Washington University; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, 1967-1969

    1991-1992 Indianapolis/Phoenix/Washington/New York
    Sport in Art in American Museums, Indianapolis, National Art Museum of Sport, September 11-November 8, 1991; Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum, May 12-August 17, 1991; Washington, Corcoran Gallery of Art, September-December, 1991; New York, IBM Gallery, January 14-March 28, 1992, cat.34

    1998 Milwaukee
    From Figure to Floor, Sculpture in the 20th century from the collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 11-November 8, 1998, cat. no. 3, pl. 14

Related works

  • Plaster in New York, Guggenheim Museum.
    Other bronzes:
    - Munich, Bavarian States Galleries of Art,
    - New York, The Museum of Modern Art,
    - Winnepeg Art Gallery.


  • Museum's website, August 30, 2012:
    Alexander Archipenko’s life took him from Kiev to Moscow to Paris to New York; in all locales he remained committed to invention and the avant-garde. In Paris he met Fernand Léger and other Cubist artists, eventually joining the breakaway group the Section d’Or. In this abstract Cubistic composition, the subject, boxers engaged in a fight, is implicit in the two confrontational “figures” who are locked in a struggle. The reductive forms recall African and Iberian sculpture, both in themselves and as influences reflected in classical French Cubism. The complex concave and convex forms embrace open space as an integral part of the composition—an innovative sculptural approach that was Archipenko’s most notable artistic achievement.