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Figure study; abstract form in pink. 1951
Pen and black ink, black chalk and watercolour
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Height: 455 millimetres
Width: 314 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Label text from 2008-9 Sept.-Jan BM, British Sculptors' Drawings
This tortured, twisted figure is similar to Butler's sculpture 'Tall Woman' (1950). It anticipates Herbert Read's now famous phrase 'the geometry of fear' which described the work of eight young British artists (including Butler, William Turnbull, Eduardo Paolozzi, Kenneth Armitage and Lynn Chadwick) shown at the Venice Biennale in the exhibition 'New Aspects of British Sculpture' in 1952. Butler's spiky iron sculptures, with their rough surfaces and enigmatic subject matter, expressed the anxiety and fears of the post-war period.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2008-9 Sept.-Jan BM, British Sculptors' Drawings, no cat.
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- Prints and Drawings
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