Small Bronze 'd' Sir Anthony Caro, O.M., C.B.E., R.A. 1924-2013

Small Bronze 'd' Sir Anthony Caro, O.M., C.B.E., R.A. 1924-2013

Circa 1982
Stock Number: 12605/GSO
Height 17.10 cm [0 ft 7 ins]
Width 16.50 cm [0 ft 6 ins]
Depth 10.10 cm [0 ft 4 ins]

Artist's Resale Right applies @ 4%

Bronze cast and welded with brown Patina
Concieved and cast in 1982

Catalogue Raisonné of Sculptures number B1592
From a series of 16 Table Top Bronzes ‘a’ to ‘p’

1983 Waddington Galleries London
Anthony Caro Recent Sculptures, Steel and Bronze

Sir Anthony Caro OM, CBE 1924 – 2013
Caro was born in New Malden, London. At
Charterhouse School a Master introduced Caro to
Charles Wheeler, to work with the sculptor in the
holidays learning his traditional techniques. Caro went
on in 1944 to obtain an Engineering Degree from Christ
College Cambridge, spending the next two years in the
Fleet Air Arm. Further studies at the Royal Academy
until 1952 lead him on to valuable time assisting Henry
Moore. His early works were figurative, modelled in
clay and cast in bronze, however, he soon moved to
abstraction purchasing in 1960, after a trip the USA,
welding equipment and scrap metal. ‘Early One Morning’
an early example of ‘planes and lines along a horizontal
axis creating different rhythms and configurations’. The
work has no plinth, no fixed visual identity and no single
focus of interest, however, it is unified by the bright
red colour and a wish to break the barrier between
sculpture and viewer. │ This small table top work is
from a series of 16, which by all accounts Caro found
difficult and fiddley to complete. It is through its very
size, its delicate solutions (this was not a maquette for
a larger work) that makes it so personal. Such was the
size of his later works that the full workshop tradition
of assistants was employed – he did however have scale
models of his large works lined up on the Camden
Studio wall, with that much photographed rusting scrap
heaped in a corner of the yard. │ Caro taught Sculpture
as St. Martin’s School of Art from 1953 – 81. In 1966 he
represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale. His
works are held in the collections of all major museums
and he has had numerous retrospectives around the
world. Caro also collaborated with the architects Frank
Gehry and Norman Foster, with whom he helped
designed the London Millennium Footbridge.