A Single Figure Ink Wash Drawing by Lynn Chadwick


Ink on paper

Reference#: EP1216

Length: 29 inches (73.66 cm)
Width: 21 inches (53.34 cm)

The elegant ink drawing, colored in a range of blacks and greys, of a single female figure with her breasts exposed, standing upright, her weight resting on her left leg and her right hip and leg pushed out. The figure is pieced together from numerous triangular shapes, bringing together several angular shapes and creating an intriguing planar landscape.

Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003), the renowned British sculptor is credited along with his colleagues Eduardo Paolozzi and Kenneth Armitage with bringing post-war British sculpture onto an international stage. At age 41, Chadwick won the prestigious International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale of 1956. Trained as an architectural draughtsman in the 1930s, he abandoned architecture in favor of sculpture after viewing works by Alexander Calder. For his large pieces, he mastered a welding technique that allowed for the successful joining of iron composite pieces. Working in this technique, he began to sculpt using found pieces, creating assemblages or “readymades.”

The drawing above is typical of the type of monumental sculptural works created by Chadwick. Most likely, a working sketch for one of his many sculptural pieces, this beautiful drawings gives insight into Chadwick’s creative procress. The drawing appears sculptural, built out of triangular pieces large and small, the varying hues of black evoke a sense of volume and depth. Often of human-scale, these figural pieces are composed by intersecting planes. Chadwick’s training as an architectural draughtsman is easily viewed in these tall, elegant works.

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