Sir Anthony Caro Woman Waking Up 1955

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Artist
Sir Anthony Caro 1924–2013
Title
Woman Waking Up
Date 1955
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 267 x 679 x 349 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1959
Reference
T00264
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1950

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The surface of this sculpture is roughly pitted. During the 1950s there was great interest in the ‘skin’ of the sculpture. This was, in part, a reaction against the smooth finish of Henry Moore’s bronzes; Caro had worked for Moore in the early 1950s.The woman’s body seems almost to overflow the plinth, unlike the passive, contained poses of traditional nudes. This came partly from Caro’s working method: he dropped soft clay from a height and then developed the forms suggested. This meant he could make the most of both chance and the expressive potential of the clay from which the bronze is taken.

May 2007

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