Pericle Fazzini

Seated Woman


Not on display

Pericle Fazzini 1913–1987
Ink on paper
Support: 689 × 476 mm
Purchased 1960

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As a Polish Jew and a socialist, Adler left Germany when the Nazi party came to power in 1933. He worked in Warsaw and Paris before arriving in Britain with the Polish army. The work Adler made during the Second World War was clearly affected by his own experiences as a refugee, and by the first news of the concentration camps. The Mutilated was painted in London during heavy bombing and reflected, Adler said, his admiration for ‘the behaviour of Londoners under great stress and suffering’, adding, ‘only then could humanity be seen at its best’.

Gallery label, November 2018

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Catalogue entry

Pericle Fazzini born 1913 [- 1987]

T00373 Seated Woman 1959

Inscribed 'pericle fazzini | Roma 1959' t.r.
Brush drawing in ink on paper, 27 1/8 x 18 3/4 (69 x 48)
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1960

This drawing, executed from a model, was not made for any particular sculpture. It is from a series of drawings and studies which the artist said he was in the habit of making as a form of plastic and constructive research. (Letter from the artist, 19 May 1961).

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, pp.218-19, reproduced p.218

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