Elisabeth Frink

Bird

About this artwork

The experience of growing up during the war years strongly affected Frink’s sculpture. This work is one of a number of bronzes, executed in the 1950s, in which animal forms are given a menacing, military appearance. Although only thirty-eight centimetres high, this bird appears simultaneously aggressive, powerful and like a damaged but defiant survivor of a nuclear attack. Typical of the sculptor’s early work, the distressed, textured surface and spindly, striding legs of the bird recall the work of Giacometti, who Frink cited as a great influence.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Bird
  • date created:
    1959
  • materials:
    Bronze
  • measurements:
    38.00 x 37.20 x 25.30 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mrs M.E.B. Scott Hay 1970
  • accession number:
    GMA 1108
  • gallery:
  • subject:
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Elisabeth Frink

Elisabeth Frink