Michael Ayrton (British
Lot 9
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921-1975) Acrobats 49.5 x 34 cm. (19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.)
Sold for £3,600 (US$ 6,050) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Michael Ayrton (British, 1921-1975)
Acrobats
signed and dated 'michael ayrton/28.11.56.' (lower right)
wash, pen and ink
49.5 x 34 cm. (19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    With Matthiesen Ltd., London, where purchased by
    Mr & Mrs F.S. Hess
    Thence by descent

    LITERATURE:
    C.P. Snow, Michael Ayrton, Drawings and Sculpture, Cory, Adams & Mackay Ltd., London, 1966, pl.47 (ill.b&w)

    The present lot relates to what is known as Ayrton's Figures in Balance series of bronze sulptures and drawings which he executed between 1954 and 1958. Ayrton said of these works that 'They represent an oblique comment on the human condition - or at least upon my own. They are also ironic, since I myself am an arthritic and can netiher bend my permanently rigid back nor, for the most of the time, move easily. I can achieve no athletic movement.'(C.P. Snow, Michael Ayrton, Drawings and Sculpture, Cory, Adams & Mackay Ltd., London, 1966)
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