Reg Butler Girl 1953–4

Artwork details

Artist
Reg Butler 1913–1981
Title
Girl
Date 1953–4
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1778 x 406 x 241 mm, 120.6 kg (25.6kg figure / 95kg base)
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1954
Reference
N06223
Not on display

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In the mid 1950s Butler developed a figurative style that was often overtly erotic and sadistic. Girl is one of the first manifestations of this. The girl stands uncomfortably on two narrow bars. As she takes her clothes off, her genitalia are exposed and her face hidden. Thus she is turned into a sexual object.

By today’s standards such images may be considered misogynistic. In the context of 1950s Britain they reflected widely held male attitudes towards women that found expression in much art of the period.

April 2005

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