Sorel Etrog (Canadian, born 1933) Leitzan

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Lot 19
Sorel Etrog
(Canadian, born 1933)
Leitzan

Sold for CA$ 6,600 (US$ 5,219) inc. premium
Sorel Etrog (Canadian, born 1933)
Leitzan
circa 1967/68
bronze, painted white
17.5(6 7/8)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    With Gimpel Fils, London

    Note:
    A 1963 trip to Florence, Italy was Sorel Etrog’s first exposure to Etruscan sculpture and it served to inspire the “Link” series of works executed between 1963 and 1971. Of the Etruscan sculpture he viewed on that important trip, the artist comments: “I saw in them a strong device for connecting and creating tension, mirroring the tension in our very existence with and within the outside world.”

    Writing about Etrog in the early 1980’s, Burnett and Schiff observed that much of Etrog’s work had been “abstractions reflective of the human figure” and remarked that the link was “one of his most frequently used formal devices” which he developed “as a means to suggest both the joining and articulating of the elements in the sculpture” thereby “(combining) both the sense of skeletal structure of bones and joints and a machine-like character of connecting rods and hinges, drawing a parallel between the organic appearance of the image and the process of its manufacture in metal.”

    While Etrog has been known to work in a variety of media including a significant production of two dimensional works on paper, the material he is perhaps most frequently associated with is bronze. While works that are bronze painted white are quite rare, Etrog is known to have painted them himself as a way of experimenting with the effects this might lend to his three-dimensional works.

    Literature:
    David Burnett and Marilyn Schiff, Contemporary Canadian Art, Hurtig Publishers Ltd., Edmonton 1983, page 150.

    Pierre Restany, Sorel Etrog, Prestel, Munich/London/New York, 2001, page 77.

    LEITZAN (CLOWN), 1970:
    Pierre Restany, Sorel Etrog, Prestel, Munich/London/New York, 2001, page 94, for another larger version of Leitzan, (unpainted) bronze, reproduced.
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