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: N5434

: Fine Art

: sculpture

: Idiomorphic Beast


: a unique, welded iron sculpture, showing: a semi-abstract alien or beast-like figure with four limbs; the art critic Herbert Read has stated that the alien sculptural forms of Lynn Chadwick were a reaction to the horrors of the death camps in World War II, in which the artist served as a pilot after a period of conscientious objection; the word 'idiomorphic' is often applied to crystals and means 'having its own characteristic form'; the artist began work on his sculptures without any preconception of what they would look like, and they often turned into beasts during this process of making; this work is made of a mesh of welded iron rods

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: 1953

: Given by the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, 1953.