Kneeling Torso signed 'Dobson' (lower left) terracotta 44 cm. (17 1/2 in.) high (including base)
Frank Dobson took the female nude as the theme for his sculpture, working towards the classical idea of harmony and tranquillity. His preference for sensuous classicism, as seen in Kneeling Torso was considered unfashionable in the company of the new avant-garde sculptors with their utilitarian materials and abstract constructions, yet Dobson was arguably one of the most interesting figures to be found in British art of this period.
His impulse to make sculpture had been fired by an admiration for primitive carving and the principles of cubism, and like Picasso and Matisse, he began as a painter only turning to sculpture later.
A bronze version of the present work was sold in these rooms on 26 June 2007, fetching £19,200. This work dated from 1928 and was completed just a couple of years before Dobson became one of the founding members of the Society of Industrial Artists, along with Paul Nash. This reflects the strength of Dobsons highly regarded reputation at this period in his life.