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Pair of Walking Figures - Jubilee 1977
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in 1976 [Chadwick] evolved striding figures clad in cloaks which, as the idea took hold of his imagination, became ever more voluminous and billow out in the wind behind them, as in Pair of Walking Figures Jubilee. Dennis Farr\n\nDating from 1977, the majestic Pair of Walking Figures - Jubilee represents one of Chadwicks most impressive and dynamic sculptures. The figures exhibit a sense of eminence which the sculptor characteristically bestowed on his mature works. The present bronze is also a wonderful example of his depiction of motion. The monolithic, stately figures stride forward and Chadwick seems not only to have cast their clothing in bronze but the very air that they stir as they move by. Dennis Farr and the artists wife, Eva, discuss the importance of movement in his work: Chadwick has always been intrigued by movement, either actual or implied, in his sculpture. From his early mobiles to his dancing Teddy Boy and Girl series of the 1950s to his cloaked walking women with windswept hair of the 1980s, he has explored figures in motion. Sometimes their cloaks and draperies flow out in the wind from behind them, or are caught by a gust and wrap themselves around the figures. This essentially lateral progression gives place to a vertical rhythm in his groups of, usually two, figures (D. Farr & E. Chadwick, op. cit., 2006, p. 15).\nDiscussing such groupings in which the artist explored spatial relationships both between individual figures, and with their environment, Paul Levine has commented: he has pursued this interest in spatial relationships on radically different scales, from thumb-sized figures [] to larger-than-life images that attain the dignity and stature of public sculpture. These larger sculptures, like the Pair of Walking Figures Jubilee 1977, have an impressive formality characterised by an almost classical understatement (P. Levine in N. Koster & P. Levine, op. cit., p. 95). An allusion to classicism is particularly evident in the female figure of the present work, whose pleated dress, seen frontally, is reminiscent of a classical column. In a manner also found in Henry Moores monumental female figures, the womans garment at once covers and reveals the contours of her body, a feature that may have been inspired by the Parthenon relief sculptures at the British Museum.\nThe present work was one of the very first in the group of bronzes titled Jubilee, a theme Chadwick would continue throughout the 1980s, producing a number of variations on the theme of a cloaked male and female figure, both as maquettes and monumental bronzes. While in some of the compositions the figures are rendered in a highly stylised, semi-abstract manner, in Pair of Walking Figures Jubilee they retain recognisable anatomical features, although their heads are reduced to purely geometric shapes a rectangle for the man and triangle for the woman. Two casts of Pair of Walking Figures - Jubilee are at Le Parc du Château, Saint-Priest in Rhône and Museo Ruffino Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Internacional in Mexico City.\n\nEva Chadwick has kindly confirmed that this cast is recorded in the artists archives.\nEach figure inscribed Chadwick, dated 77 and numbered 769 2/6
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medium

Bronze, in two pieces

creator

Chadwick, Lynn

dimensions

Female figure: height: 200cm.; 78 3/4 in.

literature

Art International, vol. XXII/1, January 1978, another cast illustrated p. 5 L'Œil, no. 274, Lausanne, May 1978, another cast illustrated p. 87 Nico Koster & Paul Levine, Lynn Chadwick: The Sculptor and His World / The Artist and his Work, Leiden, 1988, another cast illustrated pp. 95 & 110 Dennis Farr & Eva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick: Sculptor. With a Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 1947-1988, Oxford, 1990, no. 769, another example illustrated p. 296 & pl. 8 Dennis Farr & Eva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick: Sculptor. With a Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 1947-2003, London, 2006, no. 769, another example illustrated p. 327 Dennis Farr & Eva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick: Sculptor. With a Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 1947-2003, Farnham & Burlington, 2014, no. 769, another example illustrated p. 333

provenance

Marlborough Gallery, London Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1980

signedDate

Each figure inscribed Chadwick, dated 77 and numbered 769 2/6

time_period

Conceived in 1977 and cast in bronze in an edition of 6. This example was cast in 1978 by the Morris Singer Foundry. 

time_range_end

1978

artist_range_end

2003

time_range_start

1977

artist_range_start

1914

consignmentDesignation

Property from a Private European Collection

creator_nationality_dates

1914 - 2003


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