Girl
© Estate of Reg Butler

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Girl 1957 - 1958
After the Second World War, Butler was among a number of British sculptors who felt that sculpture should respond to the nuclear age. As he remarked, 'Belsen, Buchenwald, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were very much in our minds'. In the early 1950s Butler moved away from forged work to create modelled figures cast in bronze. The architectural stand featured in this sculpture derives from Butler's earlier forged metal pieces. It can also be compared to contemporary works by Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, in which a cage device is used to hold the figure in empty space and accentuate its solitary nature.

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Cast

The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.

Modelling

This can mean the representation of three-dimensional forms in two dimensions so that they appear solid, or it can refer to the practice of creating a three-dimensional form out of a malleable substance such as wax or clay.

Cast, Modelling

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 809
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Base: 61.00 x 61.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1962