Sorel Etrog

Prophet II

1967–8

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Not on display

Artist
Sorel Etrog 1933–2014
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 632 × 559 × 165 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Ayala Zacks 1970
Reference
T01218

Catalogue entry

Sorel Etrog born 1933

T01218 Prophet II 1967-8

Inscribed 'ETROG 4/6' on base
Polished bronze, 24 7/8 x 22 x 6 1/2 (63.2 x 56 x 16.5) on bronze base; overall height 31 1/2 (80)
Presented by Mrs Ayala Zacks 1970
Prov: Mrs Ayala Zacks, Toronto (purchased from the artist through the Hanover Gallery for presentation)
Exh: Sorel Etrog, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, July-August 1968 (not in catalogue); Etrog, Hanover Gallery, London, May-June 1970 (9, incorrectly dated 1965-7; marble version repr.)

This is one of seven casts in polished bronze (an edition of six plus one artist's cast) made from a carving in white marble, dating from 1967-8. The marble is reproduced in Art and Artists, V, May 1970, p.46. There is also a small maquette 12.5cm high, which has been cast in an edition of seven from the original wax. 'Prophet I' was a much larger work, 175cm high, which was modelled in plaster in Toronto and from which only one cast has so far been made out of an edition of five (this cast, first exhibited at the Palazzo Strozzi in 1968 with the dates 1967-8, is now in a collection in Detroit). 'Prophet I' is fairly similar in form, except that the upper part is more broken up and slab-like, without the unifying undulations which make the forms flow into one another.

The artist writes of this work (April 1975): 'It's hard to recreate in words the associations I had at the time when I was working on the sculpture. As time passes, I myself see new things in the works I have done. I was working at the time on a number of heads, the Prophet being one of them. A head with locked lips-mouth-mouths and in contrast, the eyes, like two open windows, through which one could look and prophesy one's own future, or the lack of it.'

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.212, reproduced p.212

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