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Georg Ehrlich 1897-1966
N05394 Italian Boy 1935
Inscribed 'EHRLICH 37' on side of metal section of base, l.
Bronze, 11 1/2 x 7 3/8 x 8 (29.2 x 18.8 x 20.5) on marble base; height including base 13 1/4 (33.5)
Presented by Erich Goeritz 1942
Prov: Erich Goeritz, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: Art Autrichien, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, May-June 1937 (635) as 'Tête d'un Jeune Pêcheur Italien'; Oesterreichische Malerei und Plastik im 20. Jahrhundert, Kunsthalle, Bern, August-September 1937 (209); 20th Century German Art, New Burlington Galleries, London, July 1938 (253); London Group, London, November-December 1938 (282); Sculpture and Drawings by Georg Ehrlich, Matthiesen Gallery, London, April-May 1939 (33)
Lit: Erica Tietze-Conrat, Georg Ehrlich (London 1956), p.23, repr. pl.19
A head of an Italian fisherman's son modelled at Grado, Italy, in 1935. This bronze cast was made in Vienna by the sand form process; there is a further cast in the collection of Edward Pollitzer, London, and a third was still in the artist's possession in 1958.
The artist recalled that this work was especially praised by Maillol when visiting the Austrian exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in 1937 (letter of 21 July 1951).
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, p.200, reproduced p.200