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Seated Leaning Figure, 1953
Over the years he moved from his early Cubist-inspired sculpture to a more lyrical style based on the female nude form. He also produced a series of notable portrait busts. His work was praised by Roger Fry as ‘true and pure sculpture’ and the critic Clive Bell described his Cornucopia as ‘the finest piece of sculpture which has been produced by an Englishman’
After World War II he was appointed professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and awarded the CBE.
Bronze from the 1953 terracotta, cast in 2021 in an edition of 12.
This is the only bronze edition of this sculpture.
Dobson Estate stamp
Black Isle Foundry stamp
'Reassuringly Dobson did not entirely relinquish his well-covered female forms, as another late sculpture, Seated Leaning Figure of 1953, clearly demonstrates. This unique terracotta, now superbly cast in bronze with golden shadows, delivers an unusual and slight uncomfortablelooking pose, to which the girl’s body responds, bulging compensatingly. It’s an odd and imaginative variation on Dobson’s various sitting and leaning figures made over the years and reminds us that he continued to break new ground, even in his later period.'
Andrew Lambirth, Frank Dobson 'Bring it Alive'. Goldmark 2022
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