Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993) Horse in the Rain V 53.3 cm. (21 in.) long (Conceived in 1985)

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Lot 44AR
Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A.
(British, 1930-1993)
Horse in the Rain V 53.3 cm. (21 in.) long

Sold for £ 170,500 (US$ 221,811) inc. premium
Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993)
Horse in the Rain V
signed and numbered 'Frink 1/8' (on the base)
bronze with a brown patina
53.3 cm. (21 in.) long
Conceived in 1985

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, where purchased by the present owner
    Private Collection, South Africa

    Exhibited
    Sydney, David Jones Art Gallery, Elisabeth Frink Sculpture, October-November 1986, cat.no.3 (another cast)

    Literature
    Edward Lucie-Smith, Elisabeth Frink, Sculpture Since 1984 and Drawings, Art Books International, London, 1994, p.183 (ill.b&w, another cast)
    Annette Ratuszniak (ed.), Elisabeth Frink, Catalogue Raisonne of Sculpture 1947-93, Lund Humphries, London, 2013, pp.167, cat.no.FCR338 (ill.b&w, another cast)

    The horse is widely regarded as being Frink's most successful and commercial motif. Emerging during the late 1960s and conceived as both singular entities and with riders, they are largely the result of her time spent in the Camargue region of France, renowned for its semi-wild horses and rugged landscape. Frink's father had been a keen horseman during her childhood in rural Suffolk and the country life resonated with her, acting as a welcome distraction from the London art scene which at the time was star struck by the British Pop artists such as Peter Blake and Allen Jones and a new generation of sculptors who were being led by Anthony Caro.

    Upon returning to England in 1973 Frink continued to explore and develop the horse theme within her work. As with the other animals she chose to sculpt and by her own admission, they are more concerned with representing her emotional response to, and spiritual identification with, the subject in question than with literal physical form. In view of this particularly subjective approach, Frink denied being an animal sculptor in the true sense of the notion, stating her principal interest to lie 'in the spirit of the animal' (Edward Lucie-Smith & Elisabeth Frink, Frink: A Portrait, London, Bloomsbury, 1994, p.123).

    Conceived in 1985 and number 1 from the edition of 8, Horse in the Rain V encourages a more direct contemplation of the essence of the animal in question. Despite the rain, the creature is presented in a restful pose and has a subtle grace of movement free from human constraint. Light reflects off the horse's irregular and dynamic bronze surface which is finished in a rich brown patina.

    Horse in the Rain V (number 3 from the edition of 8) was sold in these rooms on 16 November 2011 for £289,250.
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