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Figure Lying on its Side (No.5)

Kenneth Armitage1957

Arts Council Collection

Arts Council Collection
London, United Kingdom

The distinctive form of this sculpture might owe something to Kenneth Armitage’s war-time experience in the Royal Artillery, where he worked in aircraft and tank identification. Critics have commented that the rounded body echoes the shape of a tank and the thin horizontal limbs suggest the lines of guns. The small head and rounded breasts might also relate to Armitage’s interest in ancient and Near Eastern clay sculpture.

Details

  • Title: Figure Lying on its Side (No.5)
  • Creator: Kenneth Armitage
  • Date Created: 1957
  • Rights: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © The Kenneth Armitage Foundation
  • Medium: Bronze, 38.1 x 82.5 x 22.3cm

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