William Turnbull
Marching Figures 1953

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William Turnbull 1922–2012
Marching Figures
Date 1953
Medium Monotype on paper
Dimensions Image: 500 x 566 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1990
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From the late 1940s, when he lived in Paris, Turnbull created sculptures based on highly simplified human and animal forms. He said of this work: 'I wanted to make sculpture that would express implication of movement (not describe it), ambiguity of content, and simplicity.' In this print Turnbull depicts a figure, or possibly a group of figures, going through a series of movements. He may be referring to the first photographs of the figure in motion done in the 1880s by Eadweard Muybridge, as well as to the French painter Marcel Duchamp's celebrated exploration of the body in motion, Nude Descending a Staircase of 1912.

August 2004

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