Idiomorphic Beast
Idiomorphic Beast
Idiomorphic Beast
Idiomorphic Beast
Idiomorphic Beast
Idiomorphic Beast

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Image credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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This welded iron sculpture shows a semi-abstract alien or beast-like figure with four limbs. The art critic Herbert Read suggested that the alien sculptural forms seen in Lynn Chadwick's work were a reaction to the horrors of the Second World War in which he 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 his sculptures without any preconception of what they would look like, and they often turned into beasts during this process of making.

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Idiomorphic Beast






H 79 x W 34 x D (?) cm

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gift from the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, 1953

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