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 @ plus 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

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 to 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.