Leon UnderwoodManitu Bird 1935

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Artist
Leon Underwood (1890‑1975)
Title
Manitu Bird
Date 1935
MediumWood and paint
Dimensionsobject: 310 x 706 x 530 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Michael Chase 1994
Reference
T06887
Not on display

Summary

After studying at the Slade School in 1919, Leon Underwood embarked on a prolific career as a sculptor, painter and print maker, producing an eclectic body of work. Throughout the late 1920s and the 1930s Underwood made sculptures with subjects drawn from Mexican, Native American and African sources. Three of these have Native American themes including, Manitu Bird and Totem to the Artist 1925-30 (Tate T00644).

The sculpture was made at Underwood’s home and studio in Girdlers Road, Hammersmith, London, from where he ran the Brook Green School of Art (1920-39), counting Henry Moore (1898-1986) and Eileen Agar (1899-1991) among others as his students. Here, Underwood amassed a collection of non-western art, including Native American art, from which he took inspiration… (read more)

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