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Bernard Meadows
SEATED ARMED FIGURE: PERSONNAGE TRÈS IMPORTANT
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Bernard Meadows
SEATED ARMED FIGURE: PERSONNAGE TRÈS IMPORTANT
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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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Bernard Meadows
1915-2005
SEATED ARMED FIGURE: PERSONNAGE TRÈS IMPORTANT
signed with monogram
bronze with a dark brown patina
height: 59.5cm.; 23½in.

Conceived in 1962, the present work is number 3 from an edition of 6.


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Provenance

James Hyman Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner in December 2004

Exhibited

London, Gimpel Fils, Bernard Meadows: Recent Sculpture, February - March 1963, cat. no.13 (as Personage tres Important) (another cast).

Literature

Alan Bowness, Bernard Meadows, Scuplture and Drawings, Lund Humphries/HMF, Aldershot, 1995, BM84, p.142, illustrated pl.46.

Catalogue Note

After a visit to Florence in 1960, Meadows had been much influenced by the bellicose manner of the Renaissance figure sculpture in the city, and particularly Michelangelo's Brutus in the Bargello, with which the present sculpture is clearly linked. These strong armoured figures were a symbol of power and Meadows brought this sense of threat into the figure sculptures that he was to produce over the next four years.

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

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London