F.E. McWilliam
Mother and Daughter 1951

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F.E. McWilliam 1909–1992
Mother and Daughter
Date 1951
Medium Wood, plastic and metal
Dimensions Object: 320 x 380 x 120 mm
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Not on display

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McWilliam was a lifelong friend of Henry Moore, and this work has an affinity with some of Moore's monumental female figures, including Reclining Woman, also on show in this room. Influenced by Surrealism, McWilliam had begun making fragmented sculptures in the 1930s. He was interested in the viewer's tendency to 'complete' the missing parts of the sculpture in the mind's eye. His distorted representations of the human figure seemed to reflect the sense of anxiety and moral crisis that followed the Second World War.

August 2004

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