Felicia Leirner Composition 1962

Artwork details

Artist
Felicia Leirner 1904–1994
Title
Composition
Composiçao
Date 1962
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1064 x 686 x 584 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by P.M. Bardi 1962
Reference
T00535
Not on display

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After training as a singer, Leirner began to make sculpture in the vibrant artistic atmosphere of Sao Paulo in the late 1940s. Her early figurative works attracted prestigious commissions but by the late 1950s she had moved towards abstraction. Composition is among a small group of pivotal works that use complex structures as a means of commemoration. Leirner associated it with her mournful 'reflections upon life and death’ that followed the loss of her husband, a period in which she sought ‘the sublimation of everything through art'.

December 2009

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