Wed, 29th Sep 2021 19:00

Modern & Contemporary Art

 
  Lot 9
 
Lot 9 - Lynn Chadwick R.A. (United Kingdom 1914-2003)

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Lynn Chadwick R.A. (United Kingdom 1914-2003)
Miniature Figure III

bronze with a dark brown and polished patina

Artwork date: 1986
Signature details: stamped 'C' (in a triangle), 'C41S' and numbered 19/30 on the underside
Edition: number 19 from an edition of 30
Literature: Farr, D. and Chadwick. E. (2006). Lynn Chadwick, Sculptor. Aldershot: Lund Humphries, another cast illustrated in black and white on pp.366–367.

(Qty: 1)

10 x 10.5 x 9.2 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Basil Trakman Universal Art, Cape Town.

Notes:

Lynn Russel Chadwick was born in 1914 in London and is widely respected as a giant of post-war contemporary British sculpture. In 1956 he was awarded the coveted prize for sculpture at the 28th Venice Biennale. Chadwick was the youngest sculptor to receive the accolade, which art world insiders had expected to go to the great Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti. It was a career-crowning moment and many saw Chadwick as following in the footsteps of Henry Moore who had won the prize in 1948.

The human figure was a major theme in Chadwick’s work and from the late 1960s an observable vocabulary – of caped figures and males with rectangular and females with triangular heads – emerged. Miniature Figure III is immediately recognisable as a part of this visual language. The face is characteristically blank. Chadwick once famously declared that “no expression is an expression” [1]. To the artist, body language could better convey mood and character. Sculptures could have ‘attitude’ or ‘talk’ simply by the way their neck was bent, or the exact balance of the figure.

This female figure sits tall, upright and strong. The smoothness of her head juxtaposes beautifully with the rough, worked texture of the solid torso with its spindly crossed legs. The small and intimate work conveys a sense of confidence and serenity and, although only inches in size, the figure commands an extraordinary presence – in much the same way as Chadwick’s colossal outdoor works.

In September 1958, Chadwick bought Lypiatt Park, a historic manor house in Gloucestershire. He made it his life’s work to renovate the house and garden and many of his large-scale sculptures have been installed on the grounds. His work is held in numerous important collections including that of MoMA in New York, the Tate in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

[1] Kingdon, R. (2011). Lynn Chadwick: The Couple, exh.cat. London: Pangolin. P.3.

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bronze with a dark brown and polished patina

Artwork date: 1986
Signature details: stamped 'C' (in a triangle), 'C41S' and numbered 19/30 on the underside
Edition: number 19 from an edition of 30
Literature: Farr, D. and Chadwick. E. (2006). Lynn Chadwick, Sculptor. Aldershot: Lund Humphries, another cast illustrated in black and white on pp.366–367.

(Qty: 1)

10 x 10.5 x 9.2 cm

Provenance:

Private collection, Johannesburg.

Basil Trakman Universal Art, Cape Town.

Notes:

Lynn Russel Chadwick was born in 1914 in London and is widely respected as a giant of post-war contemporary British sculpture. In 1956 he was awarded the coveted prize for sculpture at the 28th Venice Biennale. Chadwick was the youngest sculptor to receive the accolade, which art world insiders had expected to go to the great Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti. It was a career-crowning moment and many saw Chadwick as following in the footsteps of Henry Moore who had won the prize in 1948.

The human figure was a major theme in Chadwick’s work and from the late 1960s an observable vocabulary – of caped figures and males with rectangular and females with triangular heads – emerged. Miniature Figure III is immediately recognisable as a part of this visual language. The face is characteristically blank. Chadwick once famously declared that “no expression is an expression” [1]. To the artist, body language could better convey mood and character. Sculptures could have ‘attitude’ or ‘talk’ simply by the way their neck was bent, or the exact balance of the figure.

This female figure sits tall, upright and strong. The smoothness of her head juxtaposes beautifully with the rough, worked texture of the solid torso with its spindly crossed legs. The small and intimate work conveys a sense of confidence and serenity and, although only inches in size, the figure commands an extraordinary presence – in much the same way as Chadwick’s colossal outdoor works.

In September 1958, Chadwick bought Lypiatt Park, a historic manor house in Gloucestershire. He made it his life’s work to renovate the house and garden and many of his large-scale sculptures have been installed on the grounds. His work is held in numerous important collections including that of MoMA in New York, the Tate in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

[1] Kingdon, R. (2011). Lynn Chadwick: The Couple, exh.cat. London: Pangolin. P.3.

The overall condition is good.

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Auction: Modern & Contemporary Art, Wed, 29th Sep 2021

 

Aspire Art Auctions brings a significant and insightfully compiled selection of top-quality modern and contemporary art to auction in Cape Town. The sale stars exceptional works by many of South Africa’s big signatures, including, William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins, Penny Siopis, Edoardo Villa, Sydney Kumalo and J.H Pierneef, amongst others. Also featured is an exciting collection of contemporary artists from elsewhere in Africa – Patrick Bongoy and Zemba Luzamba from the Congo, Moustapha Baïdi Oumarou from Cameroon and Gerald Chukwuma from Nigeria.

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