1914 - 2003
Maquette III, Jubilee III, 1984
Each stamped with the artist's monogram, numbered 'C24 EA1' and dated '1984'
Bronze. Conceived in 1984 and cast in 1985 in an edition of 9 plus artist's proof by Pangolin Editions.
Male: 29 7/8 x 13 x 26 3/4 in, 76 x 33 x 68 cm
Female: 29 7/8 x 13 x 25 in, 76 x 33 x 63.5 cm
Lynn Chadwick rose to prominence in post-war Britain. Having exhibited alongside Henry Moore, Reg Butler at the pivotal New Aspects of British Sculpture exhibition in 1952, Chadwick went on to...
Lynn Chadwick rose to prominence in post-war Britain. Having exhibited alongside Henry Moore, Reg Butler at the pivotal New Aspects of British Sculpture exhibition in 1952, Chadwick went on to fully establish his reputation by winning the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1956 – ahead of Giacometti – becoming the youngest sculptor ever to receive the award. At first working by welding, in 1956 Chadwick began casting his sculptures in bronze, giving his works durability and a more standardised surface. Yet, it wasn’t until the 1970s that Chadwick fully developed the visual language that is synonymous with his work. ‘Maquette III, Jubilee III’ is typical of Chadwick’s mature style, with the male figure having a rectangular head and the female a triangular.
The image of a walking cloaked couple caught the imagination of Chadwick and recurs throughout his oeuvre. In the 1980s he created several maquettes of striding figures entitled Jubilee, culminating in the large scale 'Jubilee IV' from 1985. Movement, either implied or actual, is a fascinating and dynamic element in his work. The power of ‘Maquette III, Jubilee III’ comes alive with the rigid yet billowing capes, and strong angular strides of the legs. The taut curves of the figures give drama to his larger scale pieces without overwhelming their abstract form.
Chadwick rejected the smooth, direct-carved forms of Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore to create a rougher textured skin. Using phosphoric acid Chadwick could control the tactile finish of his cast bronze sculptures and separate himself from what he considered to be the greasy shine of green and black patinas. From 1985 Chadwick began working with Pangolin Editions in Gloucestershire, where ‘Maquette III, Jubilee III’ was cast. Dissatisfied with the quality of many of his castings from the 1970s this allowed him to re-gain control of the casting process and restore the integrity of his sculptures by giving them the texture, colour, form, and ‘attitude’ that he always sought for his sculptures.
Lynn Chadwick's work can be found in the collections of major international museums including the Tate, London; National Museum of Wales; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Musee Nationale d'Art Moderne, Paris; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Galleria Nazionale d-Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. He was awarded a CBE in 1964 and made a Royal Academician in 2001.
Pace Wildenstein Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Florida (acquired from the above c.1990)
Sotheby's, New York, 13 November 2018, lot 385
Chadwick, Beaux Arts, Bath, 1986, illustration of another cast n.p.
Dennis Farr & Eva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick Sculptor, With a Complete Illustrated Catalogue 1947-2005, Farnham, 2014, no.C24, illustration of another cast p.358
Sarah Chadwick has kindly confirmed that this cast is recorded in the artist’s archives, 15 October 2018