Germaine RichierChessboard, Large Version (Original Painted Plaster) 1959

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Artist
Germaine Richier (1902‑1959)
Title
Chessboard, Large Version (Original Painted Plaster)
L'Echiquier, grand, plâtre original peit
Date 1959
MediumPlaster and metal
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist's estate 2000
Reference
T07616
Not on display

Summary

This is a group of five sculpted and painted plaster figures mounted on free-standing plaster supports. The figures are semi-abstracted, combining human and animal characteristics. They are based on a smaller version, L’Echiquier, petit (Chessboard, Small Version) 1955 (reproduced Barbero, pp.102–3), that comprises five figures modelled in clay and plastiline standing on a board made of a piece of scrap iron and worked over in clay, all finally cast in bronze. In this work Richier’s intention was to represent the theme of the game of chess and its pieces, which for her was the possibility of moving the figures around the board (Barbero, p.102). The large version was modelled in clay by the sculptural technician Robert Haligon soon after Richier returned to Paris from southern France in April 1959, before being cast in plaster and painted by the artist… (read more)

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