Kenneth Armitage Square Figure Relief 1954

Artwork details

Artist
Kenneth Armitage 1916–2002
Title
Square Figure Relief
Date 1954
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Displayed: 1025 x 690 x 173 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00186
Not on display

Display caption

Between 1946 and 1956, Armitage began to work on single figures or groups of figures cast in bronze. This relief was made in Leeds while the artist was attached to the University there for two years as Gregory Fellow in Sculpture. According to Armitage it is a transitional work: 'My work since 1949 had been fairly consistent in character ... and I found it difficult to revert to bulky, solid or plastic work without rediscovering some of the old problems and indecisions of my earlier pre 1949 efforts. I didn't want to go back over this old ground.' At this time Armitage had made only two reliefs of which this was the second and the largest. It was made in an edition of three and is related to the Tate's, Seated Woman with Square Head, 1955-7.

September 2004

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