DAME ELISABETH FRINK, R.A. (1930-1993)
DAME ELISABETH FRINK, R.A. (1930-1993)
DAME ELISABETH FRINK, R.A. (1930-1993)
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DAME ELISABETH FRINK, R.A. (1930-1993)

Birdman

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DAME ELISABETH FRINK, R.A. (1930-1993)
Birdman
signed and numbered 'Frink 2⁄6' (on top of the base)
bronze with a dark brown patina
31 1⁄2 in. (80 cm.) high
Conceived in 1962.
Provenance
with Waddington Galleries, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 9 November 1990, lot 340, where purchased for the present collection.
Literature
J. Burr, 'Art School Manners', Apollo, December 1963, p. 498, fig. 1, another cast illustrated.
E. Mullins (intro.), The Art of Elisabeth Frink, London, 1972, pl. 38-9, another cast illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Elisabeth Frink: A Celebration, London, Beaux Arts, 1993, n.p., exhibition not numbered, another cast illustrated on the back cover.
Exhibition catalogue, Elisabeth Frink 1930-1993, London, Beaux Arts, 1997, n.p., exhibition not numbered, another cast illustrated.
A. Ratuszniak (ed.), Elisabeth Frink: Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture 1947-93, Farnham, 2013, p. 85, no. FCR 117, another cast illustrated.
Exhibited
London, Waddington Galleries, Elisabeth Frink, November - December 1963, no. 12, another cast exhibited.
London, Waddington Galleries, Elisabeth Frink, October - November 1972, exhibition not numbered, another cast exhibited.
London, Beaux Arts, Elisabeth Frink: A Celebration, 1993, exhibition not numbered, another cast exhibited.
Salisbury, Library and Galleries, Elisabeth Frink: Sculptures, Graphic Works and Textiles, May - June 1997, no. 17, another cast exhibited: this exhibition travelled to Dorset, Country Museum, June - August 1997.
London, Beaux Arts, Elisabeth Frink 1930-1993, October - November 1997, exhibition not numbered, another cast exhibited.
Woking, The Lightbox, Elisabeth Frink: A Retrospective, February - April, 2013, another cast exhibited, catalogue not traced.
Somerset, Hauser & Wirth, Elisabeth Frink: Transformation, January - May 2017, exhibition not numbered, another cast exhibited.
Special notice

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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Lot Essay


Sir Nicholas Goodison commented: ‘Besides her preoccupation with men in flight or falling in the 1950s and 1960s, Frink was struck by photographs of Valentin, the French bird man with his helmet, goggles, flying suit and artificial wings. Frink said in the interview with Bryan Robertson, that the bird men and spinning men were 'the nearest I got at that time to subjective ideas or the concept of man involved in some kind of activity other than just being' (B. Robertson, Elisabeth Frink Sculpture: Catalogue Raisonné, Salisbury, 1984, p. 37). Birdman seems like a fighter pilot fused with elements of his plane, the inadequacy of his apparent wings giving him a vulnerability (ibid., p. 58). Writing a review of the show of Frink's work at Waddington's in 1963, James Burr described her sculptures as a 'tactful fusion of Germaine Richier's loose broken surface textures, which glorifies exuberant handling, with the Rodinesque sensuality and the spiky attenuated standing figures of Giacometti', and drew attention to Giacometti's big feet and elongated legs - clearly a reference to this sculpture of Frink's which illustrated the review. He suggested that the lopped arms might hark back to fragments of humanist sculpture ('Art School Manners', Apollo, December 1963, p. 498).’

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