Lot 9
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BARRY FLANAGAN | Thinker on Rock, Medium

200,000 - 300,000 EUR
420,500 EUR
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  • Barry Flanagan
  • Thinker on Rock, Medium
  • signed and numbered 2/8
  • bronze
  • 113 x 61 x 57 cm; 44 1/2 x 24 x 22 1/2 in.
  • Conceived in 1997, this work is number 2 from an edition of 8 plus 3 artist's proofs.


Waddington Galleries, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in September 1999


Basel, Galerie von Bartha, Barry Flanagan: Sculptures and Ceramics, 28 May 1998 - 26 June 1998 (other edition)
Paris, Galerie Lelong, Barry Flanagan, 15 Jan 2004 - 13 March 2004 (other edition)
Stockholm, Wetterling Gallery, Barry Flanagan, 12 April 2007 - 19 May 2007; catalogue, illustrated in colour (other edition)
Dublin, Solomon Gallery, The Secret Garden, 15 May 2008 - 26 May 2008 (other edition)
Paris, Galerie Lelong, Barry Flanagan: Chevaux et compagnie, 7 April 2011 - 14 May 2011; catalogue, illustrated in colour (other edition)


Jo Melvin, Two Pataphysicians, Waddington Custot Galleries, 2014, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

Born in 1941 in Wales, Barry Flanagan is one of the main representatives of the new English sculpture. Noticed in the 1960s for his use of raw materials (fabric, sand, ropes), he turned to bronze in the 70s to give life to an irreverent bestiary of which Thinker on Rock is an emblematic piece. Infused with absurd poetry in the spirit of the pataphysic philosophy defined by Alfred Jarry (father of Ubu) as “the science of imaginary solutions”, the work of Flanagan thus frees “sculpture from the prejudices and constraints of meaning, allowing it to capture authentic experience.”