Untitled welded iron 33.5 cm. (13 1/4 in.) high unique Conceived in 1954
PROVENANCE: Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner for £20, February 1955
LITERATURE: Dennis Farr and Éva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick, Sculptor, Lund Humphries, Hampshire, 2006, cat.no.147, p.102 (drawing ill.b&w)
This unique early sculpture is constructed by a means of welded iron rods, supported on thin, tapering legs, a technique that Chadwick first developed in the early 1950s and which can be seen in works such as Idiomorphic Beast (1953) (City of Bristol Museum & Gallery, Bristol). This time-consuming and laborious method of construction meant that casts could not easily be made. The ribbed texture of the welded rods create an ancient, fossilised and almost skeletal effect which when combined with the amalgamation of abstract and organic forms, serves to create an original, and almost bestial hybrid that is alive with a sense of movement and vitality.
We are grateful to Lypiatt Studio for their assistance in cataloguing this work.