Frank Dobson

Torso

1933

Medium
Portland stone
Dimensions
Object: 673 x 203 x 203 mm, 32.6 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1948
Reference
N05874

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Dobson always looked to the human form, mostly naked and female, for his source material, and always worked from life. He began his artistic career in 1914 as a painter and it was only around 1919 that he turned his attention to sculpture. Torso, with its simplified form and flowing lines, was no doubt the result of his study of ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, Peruvian and African art in the British Museum, and his interest in the principles of Cubism. These were the key influences that first inspired him to make sculpture.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N05874 TORSO 1933
 
Not inscribed.
Portland stone, 26 1/2×8×8 (67×20×20), including base.
Purchased from the Leicester Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1948.
Coll: Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill; Leicester Galleries.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, April–May 1935 (20).
Repr: Stanley Casson, Artists at Work, 1933, p.32; Earp, 1945, pl.14.

Made in 1933, one of several torsos dating from between 1930 and 1935.

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

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