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Artist - Frank Dobson 1886 - 1963

Title - Standing female Nude c1940s

Medium - Drawing on paper.

Size - 50.5 x 35cm (19¾ x 13¾ in.) (image)

Provenance: The Artist's Estate Gillian Jason Gallery, London

Frank Dobson (1886-1963) Frank Dobson was born in London on 18 November, 1886. The son of a commercial artist, he showed early promise and won an art scholarship aged eleven. On leaving school at the age of fourteen he became a studio assistant to the sculptor William Reynolds Stevens. He then studied at Hospitalfield Art School in Scotland.

His work was influenced by his exposure to the modernist art shown in Roger Fry’s landmark exhibition of 1910-11. After spending World War 1 in the Artists Rifles, he showed his first sculptures in Wyndham Lewis’s 1920 Group X exhibition.

Over the years he moved from his early Cubist-inspired sculpture to a more lyrical style based on the female nude form. He also produced a series of notable portrait busts. His work was praised by Roger Fry as ‘true and pure sculpture’ and the critic Clive Bell described his Cornucopia as ‘the finest piece of sculpture which has been produced by an Englishman’

After World War II he was appointed professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and awarded the CBE. is now considered one of the pioneers of modern British sculpture. Born in London, he attended Leyton School of Art from 1900-1902. He then studied under sculptor Sir William Reynolds-Stephens from 1902-4. Between 1906-1910 he was at Hospitalfield Art Institute, Arbroath and then from 1910-1912 at the City and Guilds School, Kennington.

He worked both in bronze and stone although made some wood carvings prior to the outbreak of WWI. He showed internationally and gained a reputation for his classical nudes. He became one of the most esteemed sculptors of his time, and was Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art between 1946-53.

Dobson is represented in many public galleries, including the Tate Gallery. There was an Arts Council memorial exhibition in 1966 and more recently there was a major retrospective at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, in 1994.

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