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Details & Cataloguing

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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Robert Adams
1917 - 1984
STANDING FIGURE

Provenance

Gimpel Fils, London
Jonathan Clark & Co, London, where acquired by the present owner in January 2006

Exhibited

London, Gimpel Fils, Robert Adams, April 1949, cat. no.5.

Literature

Alastair Grieve, The Sculpture of Robert Adams, Lund Humphries, Aldershot, 1992, cat. no.72, illustrated p. 155.

Catalogue Note

'Mr Adams is complementary to Moore.  Instead of rounded volumes which recline, he is carving skeletons of wood and stone which stand, and move upwards...'.
Geoffrey Grigson, Review in The Listener, vol.XLII, no.1090, 15 December 1949, p.1058, quoted in A. Grieve, op.cit., p.28.

Adams' second one-man show at Gimpel Fils in 1949 saw him exhibit nineteen sculptures and twenty-one drawings which all dealt with the theme of an abstracted figure. In the sculptures of this group, the forms are pared down to a level of extreme simplicity, possibly influenced by his experience of Brancusi, whose Paris studio he had visited in the early part of the year. Of these, Standing Figure is one of the most refined, relying purely on the proportions and asymmetry of the elements to give movement and life to the piece.

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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London