Artwork by Sorel Etrog,  Standing Family Group Study

Sorel Etrog
Standing Family Group Study

bronze sculpture
stamped signature and numbered 8/9
16.5 x 5.5 x 3.25 ins ( 41.9 x 14 x 8.3 cms ) ( overall )

Sold for $23,600.00
Sale date: May 29th 2018

Provenance:
Private Collection, Calgary
Literature:
Theodore Allen Heinrich, Etrog: Painting on Wood/ Sculptures/ Drawings, introduction, Gallery Moos, Toronto, 1959, unpaginated
Similar to the artist’s sculptural works of embracing couples, “Standing Family Group Study” exemplifies the artist’s exploration into human balance in sinuous forms. Whereas the couple studies softly meld into the pairs forms, unifying into a rounded abstracted form and imbuing a romantic and sensual aspect to the work, this work showcases more solid and weighted symmetrical proportions, mirroring the strength required for a symbiotic relationship.

Describing Sorel 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.”

This work shows the strength and balance required for a unified bond between family members, harnessing the weight and formal qualities of bronze as an expression of this notion. Hinged at the heart and linked at the heads of the figures, the sculpture explores both the emotional and intellectual needs and tension within the family relationship. Balanced and stoic, the figures capture the universal theme of human intimacy in all manners of relationships in a visual representation of negotiated balance and equity.

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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.