Kenneth Armitage
Seated Woman with Square Head (Version B) 1955

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Kenneth Armitage 1916–2002
Seated Woman with Square Head (Version B)
Date 1955
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 600 x 251 x 311 mm
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Not on display

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This is the last of four sculptures of seated women made by Armitage during 1954 and 1955. This particular version has a vertical line cut into the torso of the figure which emphasises its geometric, block-like appearance. Armitage was one of a number of younger sculptors, including for example Reg Butler, William Turnbull and Lynn Chadwick, who after the Second World War rejected the traditional idea of sculpture as monumental and harmonious. When shown at the Venice Biennale in 1952, Herbert Read dubbed their spiky, fragmented forms the 'geometry of fear'. Their sculptures often suggested aggressive creatures, half human, half animal.

August 2004

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