Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993) Horse in the Rain IV 43.3 cm. (17 in.) long (Conceived circa 1984)

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Lot 53AR
Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A.
(British, 1930-1993)
Horse in the Rain IV 43.3 cm. (17 in.) long

Sold for £ 92,500 (US$ 125,511) inc. premium
Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993)
Horse in the Rain IV
signed and numbered 'Frink/10/10' (underneath)
bronze with a brown patina
43.3 cm. (17 in.) long
Conceived circa 1984

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Beaux Arts, London, where acquired by the present owner
    Private Collection, U.K.

    Exhibited
    London, Beaux Arts, Frink, 7 June-8 July 2006 (another cast)

    Literature
    Annette Ratuszniak (ed.), Elisabeth Frink, Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture 1947-93, Lund Humphries, London, 2013, p.163, cat.no.FCR328 (col.ill, another cast)

    Amongst the most familiar of Frink's motifs, the examination of horses dates back to her earliest works of the 1950s, however it is the equine subjects which dominated her output between 1969 and 1985 that receive the highest acclaim:

    This is Frink at her most relaxed. She knew everything about horses, and had the ability to sculpt them with both broad consequence and, at the same time, exacting precision. This accounts for their strength and agility. There's hardly any detail, but they are so alive that you expect one at any moment to flick a fly away with the swish of its tail or shake of its head. (Julian Spalding, in Annette Ratuszniak (ed.), Elisabeth Frink, Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture 1947-93, Lund Humphries, London, 2013, p.18)

    Following a move to the south of France in 1967 Frink became fascinated by the Camargue horses, a wild and ancient breed indigenous to the region. These horses suited her purpose far more than those she had previously been familiar with as a keen rider in her youth. She elaborates; 'The horse sculptures are nothing to do with the horse you see here in England – the hunter, the show horse, the race horse. They're much more to do with the ancient spirit of the horse and with its evolution in relation to Man. The animals I make are far more what I feel for them than what they are in real life. I'm imprecise about the muscles... I'm much more interested in the spirit of the animal. I get into the inside of the animal and the outside takes care of itself (Edward Lucie-Smith and Elisabeth Frink, Frink, A Portrait, Bloomsbury, London, 1994, p.50).
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