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Creator:
Lynn Chadwick, 1914–2003, British
Title:

Two Figures

Former Title(s):

Two Figures, Numbered 636, Edition 3 of 6, 1971

Date:
1971
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 × 10 inches (25.4 × 25.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of the Libra Foundation, from the family of Nicholas and Susan Pritzker
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
B2012.30.14
Classification:
Sculptures
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abstract art
Access:
On view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:63943
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Lynn Chadwick was one of eight talented young sculptors selected by Herbert Read in 1952 for his influential New Aspects of British Sculpture show at the Venice Biennale. The spiky and twisted forms that united the pieces were said by Read to belong to the "iconography of despair" and "geometry of fear" that encapsulated the early Cold War years. Chadwick himself had returned to win the International Sculpture Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1956. By the mid-1950s, abstracted animal forms had given way to human figures with surreal or mythological undertones. Draped figures with wings and either square (male) or pyramidal (female) heads dominated his later work. This sculpture is a small version of a series of large-scale compositions featuring two seated figures.

Having started out as a designer of showrooms and exhibition stands, Chadwick’s success as a sculptor enabled him to buy Lypiatt Park in Gloucestershire in 1958, where his larger pieces could be shown in a parkland setting. He opened his own foundry in 1971.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2020

Ian Collins, Modernism and memory : Rhoda Pritzker and the art of collecting, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2016, pp. 55, 57, 120, 158, 159, 171,201, fig. 97, 201 fig., N6768 .M635 2016 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Dennis Farr, Lynn Chadwick, Sculptor : With a complete illustrated catalogue, 1947-1988, , Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1990, p. 254, no. 636, fig. 636, NJ18 C35 A12 F27 1990 (YCBA)

Dennis Farr, Lynn Chadwick, sculptor : with a complete illustrated catalogue, 1947-2003, Ashgate Publishing, Burlington, VT, 2014, p. 288, no.366, no. 636, NJ18.C35 A12 F27 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Dennis Farr, Lynn Chadwick, Sculptor : With complete illustrated catalogue, 1947-2005, , Lund Humphries, Aldershot, 2006, p. 280, no. 636, fig. 636, NJ18 C35 A12 F27 2006 (YCBA)

Dennis Farr, Lynn Chadwick, sculptor with a complete illustrated catalogue, 1947-1996, , Lypiatt Studio, Stroud, Gloucestershire [England], 1997, p. 272, no. 636, fig. 6360000000000, NJ18 C35 A12 F27 1997 (YCBA)


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