Dame Elisabeth Frink
Bird 1952

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Bird
Date 1952
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 203 x 241 x 362 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Reference
N06140
Not on display

Display caption

The prodigious Frink began to show her work in public in 1951 and among her first sculptures was this strong and alert bird, rather like a crow or a raven. The bird theme was to occupy Frink over the next two decades. Of these early sculptures she said that they ‘were really expressionist in feeling - in their emphasis on beak, claws and wings - and they were really vehicles for strong feelings of panic, tension, aggression and predatoriness. They were not, however, symbolic of anything else; they certainly were not surrogates for human beings or ‘states of being.’

September 2016

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