Simian Ecstasy by Leon Underwood

Simian Ecstasy by Leon Underwood

Simian Ecstasy

Leon Underwood

Title

Simian Ecstasy

 
Artist
Year
1933  
Technique
woodengraving 
Image Size
7 9/16 x 4 5/16" image size 
Signature
pencil signed, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
pencil dated after signature; pencil titled in unknown hand, lower margin 
Reference
National Gallery of Art, Rosenwald Collection, accession # 1980.45.1415 
Paper
cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21844 
Price
$375.00 
Description

"Underwood was a notable artistic figure in Britain, primarily for his sculpture, but also as a painter, print maker, writer, philosopher and teacher. He has been called “the precursor of modern sculpture in Britain”and, significantly, one of his students was Henry Moore. His work was influenced by ancient African sculpture (on which subject he was something of an expert) and the figures here clearly relate to his sculpture and paintings and show that influence.

Nevertheless, one wonders, where did this weird conception come from? The scene is a bell tower in a church and angels watch the action from above." (C & J Goodfriend)