Leon UnderwoodHerald of New Day 1932-3

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Artist
Leon Underwood (1890‑1975)
Title
Herald of New Day
Date 1932-3
MediumPlaster on mahogany base
Dimensionsobject: 647 x 292 x 317 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Reference
T03775
Not on display

Summary

After studying at the Slade School, Leon Underwood embarked on a prolific career as a sculptor, painter and print maker, producing an eclectic body of work. Throughout the 1930s Underwood explored the expression of rhythm and dance in sculpture using polished and reflective surfaces. Herald of a New Day, is the original plaster matrix for the three chased bronze sculptures of 1934.

The Herald of a New Day also gave rise to a series of dancing figures all produced in 1934; Violin Rhythm, Negro Rhythm: Harlem, New York and Harlem Rhythm. All are an expression of music and dance - the Herald visualising the ecstatic sound of a trumpet through a figure poised on one leg, the rest of the body arching while playing a trumpet. Underwood’s polishing of the surface in the 1932 and 1934 versions is an essential component of their ability to convey a sense of rhythm… (read more)

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