Sarah Lipska studied at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 1906, she traveled to Palestine. Two years later, she had a daughter with her professor, the sculptor Xawery Dunikowski. She was his muse throughout his life. In 1911 and 1912, she exhibited at the Zacheta gallery in Warsaw. She was the only woman among the exhibitors.
Sarah Lipska moved to Paris shortly before the declaration of war in 1914. Her works were exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1919. She then worked for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and produced sets and costumes with Léon Bakst. She worked in diverse materials, such as glass, wood, earthenware, ceramic, terracotta and plaster. She created numerous busts, including those of Diaghilev, Paul Poiret, Arthur Rubinstein, and the Marquise Casati.
In the 1920s, Sarah Lipska worked in fashion and interior decoration. She opened several stores, including one in the Champs Elysées, where she exhibited her different projects. She designed and created furniture.
She participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. She received medals at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in 1925, at the Exposition Coloniale in 1931 and at the World Fair in 1937. Sarah Lipska was also a painter. She painted portraits and still lifes. Following World War II, she produced busts of important figures in the art world. She worked with Serge Lifar on sets and costumes for ballets and continued her projects with Helena Rubinstein. She also worked with Prince Paul Murat, president of the French Association for the Protection of Birds. Birds were, indeed, a recurrent and dominant theme in her work. She sculpted, drew, and painted them throughout her life.
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"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015