Theodore Roszak
The Unknown Political Prisoner (Defiant and Triumphant) 1952

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Theodore Roszak 1907–1981
The Unknown Political Prisoner (Defiant and Triumphant)
Date 1952
Medium Steel
Dimensions Object: 371 x 476 x 229 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Not on display

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This maquette was made for an international competition on the subject of 'The Unknown Political Prisoner'. The competition was designed to promote interest in contemporary sculpture as well as 'to commemorate all those unknown men and women who in our time have been deprived of their lives or their liberty in the cause of human freedom'. The artist wrote about this work: 'in thinking about the forms for the maquette, I was strongly motivated by the moral and social values implicit in the subject. In this instance, I envisioned the individual as politically committed either by accident or design against tyranny and oppression.' However, he depicted the individual as ultimately triumphant against this oppression.

August 2004

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