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Geoffrey Clarke (b. 1924)
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Geoffrey Clarke (b. 1924)


Geoffrey Clarke (b. 1924)
iron; unique
11¼ (28.5 cm.) high
Constructed in 1950.
Anonymous sale; Phillips, London, 5 March 1991, lot 36, where purchased by the present owner.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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'Beauty, truth and goodness are constantly sought. Often, however, with physical senses and emotions only, to the exclusion of the soul ... From the earliest times man used symbolic forms for things most essential to him, worshipping them and the mysterious source from which they came' (Geoffrey Clarke, 1952).

Inspired by Klee, Picasso's iron sculptures and botanical drawings that he had seen at the Natural History Museum, Clarke created a new visual language to explore the relationships between God, man and nature. In both his etchings and sculptures of 1950, Clarke's figures are transformed into organic abstracts as stalk-like buds branch off from the stemmed torsos, vividly portrayed in Clarke's 1950 etching, Man, which closely relates to the present work.

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