17 November 2011
Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.A. (1930-1993)
signed and numbered 'Frink 4/6' (on the reverse)
bronze with a dark brown patina
27 in. (68.5 cm.) high
Conceived in 1961.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 8 June 2001, lot 167, where purchased by the present owner.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
+44 (0)20 7389 2681
+44 (0)131 225 4756
+44 (0)1270 627024
+(61) 293 261 422
+1 (212) 636 2090
E. Mullins (ed.), The Art of Elisabeth Frink, London, 1972, no. 33, another cast illustrated.
B. Robertson, Elisabeth Frink Sculpture Catalogue Raisonné, Salisbury, 1984, pp. 58, 153, no. 72, another cast illustrated.
Sarah Kent comments, 'During the war Elisabeth Frink used to watch the crippled planes crash down in the fields near her home and rush out to claim bits of wreckage, while falling has been a recurring nightmare since childhood. Falling Man (1961) plummets vertically down from the sky, one spindly arm outstretched to break his fall. This imaginative sculpture, depicting the moment before the deadly impact, literally turns heroism on its head. He is a victim, one feels, of inadequate preparation and poor equitment rather than of enemy fire' (A Bestiary for our time The Sculpture of Elisabeth Frink, reproduced in B. Robertson, op. cit., p. 58).
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
A primer on the sculptor whose art encapsulated mankind’s existential crisis in the post-war era. Illustrated with works offered in London on June 17 & 18
Six women artists finally getting the recognition they deserve, featuring works offered in our Modern British & Irish Art
Fewer than 30 of these horseshoe-back armchairs are known to exist. This one comes to auction on 13 September in New York
Important Chinese works of art from one of America’s leading cultural institutions coming to auction in New York