Frank Dobson

Noon

1936

Artist
Frank Dobson 1888–1963
Medium
Terracotta
Dimensions
Object: 254 x 305 x 343 mm, 5.6 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1938
Reference
N04922

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N04922 NOON 1936
 
Inscr. 'Dobson' on base.
Terracotta, 10×12×13 1/2 (25×30×35).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1938.
Coll: Purchased by the C.A.S. 1936.
Repr: C.A.S. Report 1936–7, 1938, facing p.13.

A slightly different terracotta of the same title is reproduced by Earp, 1945, pl.31.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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