• 20th Century British And Irish auction at Christies

    Sale 7789

    20th Century British And Irish Art

    12 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 4

    Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.A. (1930-1993)


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    Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.A. (1930-1993)
    signed and dated 'Frink '89' (lower left)
    charcoal and oil on paper
    39¼ x 27½ in. (99.6 x 69.9 cm.)

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    'A series of drawings of seated men, made in 1989, returns to a motif which she had begun to use in sculpture six years previously - a male nude, seated on a bench ... In the sculpture, the figure sits meditatively, bracing one hand on his thigh, while the other rests between his knees (family and friends have said that this attitude was one typical of her husband, Alex Csáky). In the drawings, the figure grips the bench with one or both hands, as if about to lever himself away from it. The whole posture is more alert' (see E. Lucie-Smith, loc. cit.).

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    A gift from the artist to Edward Lucie-Smith in 1991.


    E. Lucie-Smith, Elisabeth Frink Sculpture and Drawings Since 1984, London, 1994, pp. 164, 165, illustrated twice.