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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