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Horse And Rider
By Dame Elisabeth Frink, RA (1930-1993)
Bronze Sculpture
Signed, dated ‘75’ and numbered ‘2/3’
Height: 244 centimetres (96 inches)
Estimated price: £600,000-800,000

Produced in 1974, Horse And Rider by Elisabeth Frink is a life-sized sculpture from an edition of three; another stands at a busy junction between Dover Street and Piccadilly in Mayfair.

The horse is motionless with head aloft and ears alert and the rider sitting easily, both attracted by something away to their left. The sculpture is a perfectly balanced moment of stillness and successfully brings together the very different physical structures of both man and horse. Frink has chosen to make her rider anonymous. He is naked and not lifted from any clearly defined period. As the artist stated in The Times in 1977: “He could come from the past or go into the future. I like to feel that the work to’s and fro’s from past to present.”

The theme of Horse And Rider occupied Frink throughout her career. Her first works were characterised by a harshness and violence that made way for the vulnerability seen in her later works.

She rode as a youngster in Suffolk but it was her move to the south of France in 1967 and the discovery of the horses of the Camargue that cemented her interest. The relationship between horse and man is heightened by Frink’s acute awareness of her medium demonstrated in the sensitive rendering of the horse’s mane and rider’s torso achieving a sculpture of great serenity and timelessness.

Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art sale will be held on July 11, 2013 in London.
For further information, please visit www.sothebys.com.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 7, 2013.