Joseph KonzalCretan Queen 1963-4

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Artist
Joseph Konzal (1905‑1994)
Title
Cretan Queen
Date 1963-4
MediumSteel on stone base
Dimensionsobject: 1880 x 470 x 368 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Joseph L. Shulman through the American Federation of Arts 1966
Reference
T00874
Not on display

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Joseph Konzal born 1905

T00874 Cretan Queen 1963-4

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Steel on stone base, 74 x 18 1/2 x 14 1/2 (188 x 47 x 37)
Presented by Joseph L. Shulman through the American Federation of Arts 1966
Prov. Joseph L. Shulman, Hartford, Conn. (purchased from the artist through the Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, 1966)
Exh: Konzal, Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, March 1965 (works not listed); New Jersey and the Artist, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, October-November 1965 (works not numbered)

'Cretan Queen' was begun with other sculptures for Konzal's one-man show at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in 1963, but was not finished until the following year.

He writes (letter of 20 May 1973) that 'I regard the work of this period as constructivist, tinged with a kind of Romanticism that is also reflected in the titles. It was also the first time I became interested in the use of color in sculpture, a problem I had avoided as being irrelevant to the basic problems of sculpture… (read more)

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