Ursula Fookes (British, 1906-1991) Boxers The rare linocut printed in colours, circa 1930, a strong and vibrant impression, on buff oriental tissue, signed and numbered 50/50 in pencil, with margins, 194 x 177mm (7 5/8 x 7in)(B) unframed
Lot 57AR
Ursula Fookes
(British, 1906-1991)
Boxers unframed
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 24,000 - 32,000

Lot Details
Ursula Fookes (British, 1906-1991)
Boxers
The rare linocut printed in colours, circa 1930, a strong and vibrant impression, on buff oriental tissue, signed and numbered 50/50 in pencil, with margins, 194 x 177mm (7 5/8 x 7in)(B) (unframed)

Footnotes

  • This dynamic composition is arguably Fookes's most accomplished linocut that owes much to the Grosvenor School aesthetic of condensed forms, bold design and colour scheme.

    "Movement- coordinated, directed, and energetic- made sport an ideal arena for exercising the modernist impulse" of the turn of the century. Boxers is reminiscent of Horace Brodzky's linocut with the same title executed in black and white in 1919 as well as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska's vorticist interpretation of a similar subject (lot 20). "The flat forms of linocuts were well suited to presenting the body as machine, and dynamic, sweeping lines set the body in motion."

    Samantha Rippner, "Sport", in British Prints from the Machine Age: Rhythms of Modern Life 1914-1939, ed. Clifford S. Ackley (London: Thames & Hudson, 2008), 115.
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