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1914 – 2003

Winged Figures
1971
Bronze
38.5 x 19 x 10 cm
Donated by Eric and Jean Cass through the Contemporary Art Society, 2012 © The Estate of Lynn Chadwick / Bridgeman Images. Photography Jerry Hardman-Jones

 

The sharp angles of Winged Figures create a sense of dynamic motion, despite being cast in bronze. The faces of the figures are burnished to a high golden sheen, contrasting with the bodies of the figures.

The critic Herbert Read wrote of Chadwick’s sculpture: ‘He is preoccupied with states of attention or alertness… his aim is to incorporate a moment of maximum intensity, and this he does by the most direct means – the reduction of bodily attitudes to their magnetic lines of force.’

One of the leading British sculptors of post-war Britain, Chadwick was launched on the international stage at the 1952 Venice Biennale.