Maurice Lambert
Head of a Woman exhibited 1938

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Maurice Lambert 1901–1964
Head of a Woman
Date Exhibited 1938
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 349 x 194 x 251 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1938
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1930

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This bronze portrait of the English lutenist, Diana Poulton (1903-1995), was completed in 1936. Lambert’s delicate modelling of Poulton’s features combined with the lucid transitions between lines and curved mass emphasise the sensuality of his sitter’s character. He cast this piece before considering it finished which brought about a sense of experiment and vitality. These attributes are associated with modern sculpture and move this work away from realism towards a looser expression of form in portrait sculpture. Lambert cast only one bronze of this piece and retained the plaster original for himself.

September 2016

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