Lynn Chadwick Winged Figures 1955

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Artist
Lynn Chadwick 1914–2003
Title
Winged Figures
Date 1955
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 559 x 432 x 356 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1961
Reference
T00416
Not on display

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Chadwick said that art is ‘the manifestation of some vital force coming from the dark, caught by the imagination and translated by the artist’s ability and skill’. Seemingly influenced by Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious, Chadwick saw the sources of art as essentially mysterious. The critic Herbert Read said that Chadwick’s sculptures were ‘symbolic icons’ retrieved from the depths of the human psyche.

The figures in this sculpture are hybrids, made up of bird, reptile, insect and human forms. The erotic overtones of the work complement its primal themes.

August 2004

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