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This is the masterpiece of Chadwick’s early work during which, like many of his contemporaries, he produced forms based on ideas of nature. He saw  nature as violent and dangerous. Many commentators at the time, in particular the leading critic Herbert Read, saw this as an intuitive response to the violence of recent times and to the anxieties of nuclear age.

Although the titles and appearance of such works often suggest particular animals, the artist usually discussed them in terms of their form and manufacture.

August 2004