Georg Ehrlich Head of a Horse 1955–6

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Artwork details

Artist
Georg Ehrlich 1897–1966
Title
Head of a Horse
Date 1955–6
Medium Bronze on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 550 x 195 x 370 mm, 10.2 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1960
Reference
T00369
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Georg Ehrlich 1897-1966

T00369 Head of a Horse 1955-6

Inscribed 'EHRLICH' on back of metal support, low down
Bronze, 17 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 9 7/8 (44 x 14 x 25), with supporting metal rods and wooden base; height including base 21 1/4 (54)
Chantrey Purchase 1960
Prov: Chantrey Trustees (purchased from the artist through the O'Hana Gallery 1960)
Exh: Ehrlich, O'Hana Gallery, London, May 1960 (3, repr.); RA, London, April-August 1961 (1346); Royal Academy of Arts Bicentenary Exhibition 1768-1968, RA, London, December 1968-March 1969 (D35, repr. in illustrated supplement p.98)
Repr: Die Kunst und das schöne Heim, LVI, 1958, p.324

The artist wrote (7 August 1960) that he had made innumerable drawings of horses from life over a period of many years, but the actual modelling of this head was done in his London studio in 1955-6. This is the third of an edition of three bronze casts. The first was exhibited with 26 other bronzes by Ehrlich in the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1958 (repr. in the Biennale catalogue, pl.132) and was sold to a private collector, Giuseppe Stolfi of Milan. The second was sold in April 1960 to the Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.200-1, reproduced p.200-1


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