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During the 1930s Peri made a number of sculptures of labouring men, based on sketches he’d made in London. This relief shows two workmen supervising the lowering of an I-beam metal girder. The man in the foreground is signalling to the man in the distance to show how the girder should be lowered.

Peri moved to England from Budapest in 1933 and began to exhibit with the Artists International Association. He wrote that his interest was ‘in people, the way they live and their relationships’.  

August 2004