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Koenig's principal subjects were people at work. This sculpture represents two men minding vats at an ink factory in Kent, one of six factories which Koenig visited regularly between 1956-7. The figures are approximately half life-size. She developed the sculpture from drawings made from life, firstly by making a clay model in her studio. Her choice of working class subjects links Koenig with 'Kitchen Sink' painters such as Jack Smith, who depicted the harsh realities of life in post-war Britain. But Koenig also belonged to a community of artist émigrés, including Josef Herman, who drew on a tradition of European realism.

September 2004