Frank Dobson



Not on display

Frank Dobson 1888–1963
Object: 1245 × 800 × 690 mm
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1930

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Although Dobson appreciated the importance of direct carving, he denied that there was an essential distinction between carving and modelling; what was important was dealing with the material three-dimensionally. Aside from his early interest in non-western art, Dobson was greatly influenced by the work of the French artist Maillol. Maillol was an earlier follower of Rodin, whose nude sculptures echoed the smooth lines and forms of ancient Greek sculpture. The actual cast for this work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1932.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

N04510 TRUTH 1930
Inscr. ‘Dobson’ at back of base.
Bronze, 50×30×25 (127×76×64).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1930.
Coll: Purchased by the C.A.S. from the artist with the aid of public subscriptions 1930.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, May 1930 (no catalogue).
Lit: Kineton Parkes, The Art of Carved Sculpture, 1, 1931, p.30.
Repr: C.A.S. Report 1930–31, 1932, frontispiece; Earp, 1945, pl.22 (the plaster?).

Kineton Parkes, op. cit., says that ‘In “Truth”, the life-size statue in bronze of 1930, culminates the phase of intensive modelling with which Dobson was occupied for four or five years.’ A second bronze cast was bought by Sir James Dunn. The plaster was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1932 (British Pavilion, 132).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I


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