Ivor Roberts-Jones Paul Claudel c.1955–7

Artwork details

Artist
Ivor Roberts-Jones 1916–1996
Title
Paul Claudel
Date c.1955–7
Medium Bronze on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 455 x 227 x 262 mm, 8.3 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Reference
T00367
Not on display

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Roberts-Jones studied at Goldsmiths and the Royal Academy of Arts in the 1930s, and made his career as a portrait sculptor. He is best known for his sculpture of the hunched standing figure of Sir Winston Churchill. This portrait bust of the French poet and playwright Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was based on sketches made during the sitter’s lifetime, but was completed after his death. The decision to represent only the face may have been a deliberate reference to the tradition of death masks which are based on casts taken from the face of a corpse.

Ivor Rberts-Jones was born in Oswestry in 1916 and died in London in 1996.

September 2004

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