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

Standing Figure

Kenneth Armitage, R.A. (1916-2002)
Standing Figure
signed with initials 'KA' (on the base)
bronze with a grey green patina
45¼ in. (114.8 cm.) high
Conceived in 1956-57.
Marilyn Spilke, Marilyn and Saul Spilke Foundation, Dobbs Ferry, New York.
Exhibition catalogue, Kenneth Armitage: a retrospective exhibition of sculpture and drawings based upon the XXIX Venice Biennale of 1958, London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1959, p. 11, no. 28, another cast illustrated.
N. Lynton, Kenneth Armitage, London, 1962, n.p., plaster cast illustrated.
T. Woollcombe, Kenneth Armitage: Life and Work, London, 1997, p. 48, no. KA64, another cast illustrated.
J. Scott and C. Milburn, The Sculpture of Kenneth Armitage, London, 2016, p. 109, no. 63, another cast illustrated.
London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Kenneth Armitage: a retrospective exhibition of sculpture and drawings based upon the XXIX Venice Biennale of 1958, July - August 1959, no. 28, another cast exhibited.
Vienna, Contemporary Art Museum, another cast exhibited, on long term loan.
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Lot Essay

'Standing figure (1956-57) is the most naturalistic work of these years ... the figure reveals elements of mystery and mobility that no photograph can catch. The tautness of the back, tensed between arms and left leg, offers a framework to the soft forms of breasts and belly. It is a strange but not impossible pose, suggesting both an instant within a movement and a complete, self-sufficient pose; again one thinks of Degas, and of his animal women drying themselves after the bath or arranging their hair' (see N. Lynton, Kenneth Armitage, London, 1962, n.p.)

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