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Elisabeth Frink: First Man


Elisabeth Frink was a leading figure in British sculpture. She was part of the post-war group of British sculptors, which included Kenneth Armitage and Eduardo Paolozzi, who became known as the ‘Geometry of Fear’ school. These artists, many of whom had seen active service, sought to express the horrors of war within their work.

Sculptures such as First Man, Standing Man and Tribute I and II illustrate Frink’s appreciation of the male figure for its potency and strength, whilst also convey her ability to communicate the complexity of mankind. The artist’s sculptures often take the form of solitary male figures who convey strong emotion and emphasise the vulnerability and beauty of man.