T02056 THE SCULPTOR AND HIS OBJECT 1936
Inscribed ‘Ceri Richards 1936’, b.l.
Pen and ink and wash on paper, 11 1/4 × 15 5/8 (28.5 × 38.4)
Presented by Mrs Frances Richards 1976
Exh: Ceri Richards: Relief Constructions, Paintings and Drawings 1931–1939, Fischer Fine Art, February–March 1974 (38, repr.)
According to Frances Richards, for a period during the mid-1930s the artist thought of becoming a sculptor, as well as a painter. During this period (c. 1934–1938) he was associated with the English Surrealist movement, exhibiting with them and attending meetings at Sir Roland Penrose's house; in this connection he made, as well as reliefs, a number of surreal ‘objects’, or constructions in the round using metal, beads, cloth, wire, wood and other ‘found’ materials bearing some resemblance to the ones illustrated in these drawings. They were, according to Henry Moore, ‘very like sculpture’ but were destroyed by the artist when he moved to Cardiff during the war…