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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 175

    Kenneth Armitage, R.A. (1916-2002)

    Standing Figure

    Price Realised  


    Kenneth Armitage, R.A. (1916-2002)
    Standing Figure
    bronze with a green and white patina
    28¼ in. (71.7 cm.) high
    Conceived in 1955.

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    Armitage's preoccupation was with the human figure, to give the impression and representation of form and movement rather than the recreation of the physical through sculpture. In 1955, the year of the present work, Kenneth Armitage described his artistic work of this period: 'I like sculpture to look as if it had happened, and to express an idea as simply as possible' (K. Armitage, 'Statement' in exhibition catalogue, The new decade: 22 European painters and sculptors, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1955, pages not numbered).

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    T. Woollcombe, Kenneth Armitage Life and Work, London, 1997, p. 144, no. KA58.