Abrasha Lozoff Venus and Adonis c.1925–30

Artwork details

Artist
Abrasha Lozoff 1887–1936
Title
Venus and Adonis
Date c.1925–30
Medium Wood
Dimensions Object: 1118 x 838 x 495 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1959
Reference
T00255
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T00255 VENUS AND ADONIS c. 1925–30
 
Not inscribed.
Wood, 44×33×19 1/2 (111·5×84×49·5).
Presented by Alfred Wolmark 1959.
Exh: (?) Ben Uri Art Gallery, October 1950 (no catalogue issued).
Lit: Kineton Parkes, The Art of Carved Sculpture, II, 1931, p.157.

According to Kineton Parkes, writing on the basis of statements made by the artist, the acquisition of a large block of ash awakened the theme, dormant in the artist's mind, of Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis, ‘and he set to work incontinently upon the revelation of the hidden subject awaiting expression. Venus, the horse, Adonis, the bear - all were there awaiting the hand and chisel and mallet of the revealer.’ Lozoff settled in London in 1920 and this work was presumably carved between then and Kineton Parkes's account in 1931, probably in the later 1920s.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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