Dame Elisabeth Frink Bird 1952

Artwork details

Date 1952
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 203 x 241 x 362 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1953
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1950

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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 her early bird 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''.
This sculpture was chosen by Pat Barker.

August 2004

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