Frank Dobson
Noon 1936

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Frank Dobson 1888–1963
Date 1936
Medium Terracotta
Dimensions Object: 254 x 305 x 343 mm, 5.6 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1938
Not on display

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The reclining female form became a major subject for sculptors during the early part of the twentieth century. In a number of terracotta sculptures Dobson explored this theme, producing works that unselfconsciously celebrate the female form. Dobson was influenced by such artists as the French sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861-1944), who had reinterpreted the classical tradition in Western sculpture, emphasising the static and monumental qualities of the human figure. Dobson's terracotta figure group conveys a sense of ease and tranquility. The relaxed pose of the women evokes an imaginary mediterranean idyll during what was a period of increasing menace, as the threat of Fascism cast a shadow across Europe.

August 2004

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