Lot #58

Sorel Etrog
The Couple Study

bronze
13.5 x 2.75 x 2.5 ins ( 34.3 x 7 x 6.4 cms ) ( overall )

Sold for $17,250.00
Sale date: November 23rd 2017

Provenance:
Private Collection, Ontario
Literature:
Theodore Allen Heinrich, Introduction to Etrog: Painting on Wood/ Sculptures/ Drawings, Gallery Moos, Toronto, 1959, unpaginated
Created as part of a series of ten works in 1965, Sorel Etrog executes subtle poetic intimacy in the gentle curving and near symmetrical forms of “The Couple Study”, linking to become one united form. There is a tension between the weight of the material - as well as it's art historical significance of capturing grand and significant narratives and themes in sculpture - and the fluid elegance of the rendered form.

Describing Etrog's art, Theodore Allen Heinrich wrote: “[Etrog] has a strongly musical sense for rhythms, balances and silence. He has a profound capacity for experiencing and conveying emotion. His work is imbued with poetic fantasy...Above all he has something to say. The adventurous art of Sorel Etrog is centred on increasingly simple but constantly more meaningful form in conjunction with intricately subtle balances of movement, weight and colour.”

“The Couple Study” exemplifies Etrog's masterful technique of harnessing volumetric bronze to produce sensual and dynamic sculptures. The universal theme of human intimacy is captured in the elegantly intertwined forms.

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Sorel Etrog
(1933 - 2014) RCA

Sorel Etrog’s work develops a complex visual vocabulary that explores time and the permanent bond between the plastic arts, with architecture on one hand, and society on the other. Etrog explores spontaneous symbols, primal elements and the relationship between form and symbol. The artist described his art as "tension created by pulling together and pulling apart, with being stuck and being freed, a world of grabbing and holding on and losing hold...bringing shapes together but at the same time giving each an independence."

Etrog designed Canada's top film award in 1968, "the Genie" statuette (which was known as "the Etrog" until 1980). He received several important commissions, including those for Expo ’67, Montreal; SunLife Centre, Toronto; Windsor Sculpture Garden, Windsor, Ontario; Los Angeles County Museum, and Olympic Park in Seoul, Korea.