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Maurice Lambert was born in Paris, the son of the painter George Lambert and the brother of the composer Constant Lambert. Maurice was fascinated by the movements of animals and birds and spent much time studying them at London Zoo. He began to make sculpture incorporating the flight of birds as early as 1926 and he liked to mix different sculptural materials within a single work. 'Homo Sapiens' is a major example of Lambert's work and its subject is the harmony between man and the natural world, illustrated by the bird at the man's shoulder and the fish at his feet.

August 2004