bronze, East Indian rosewood (Sonokeling)
156,2 x 38,1 cm (61 1/2 x 15 in.)
monogrammed and dated at base of bronze part unique
William Turnbull is one of the most important British sculptors of the second half of the 20th century and was an important representative of post-war abstraction. In the late 1940s, Turnbull, who had initially worked as a painter and draughtsman, came into contact in Paris with Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti, who exerted a decisive influence on him. Turnbull's sculptures of the fifties are characterised by a progressive, radical simplification and abstraction, which is further underlined by an intensive and direct language of materials. Turnbull is thus one of the most important pioneers of Minimal Art. The artist quickly attracted attention to such an extent that he already took part in the Venice Biennale in 1952. Another important point of reference for Turnbull was Asian art, as well as ancient and non-European sculpture. Both led to Turnbull's approach of the greatest possible reduction and concentration, from which his sculptures derive their unmistakable calm and power.