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Sorel Etrog

Sorel Etrog

Sorel Etrog
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Lot # 028

Sorel Etrog
RCA 1933 - 2014 Canadian

Sadko
painted bronze sculpture circa 1971
signed and editioned 2/7
23 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 15 1/2 in  59.7 x 40 x 39.4cm

Provenance:
Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Ihor Holubizky, Sorel Etrog: Five Decades, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2013, the small wax study reproduced page 20, photos of Etrog working on the plaster for the large version of Sadko reproduced pages 21 – 24, and the finished large sculpture in a public installation in Bow Valley Square in Calgary reproduced page 25

In 1963, Sorel Etrog immigrated to Canada, and within a short period of time, he established himself as an important artist in the Toronto contemporary art scene. He had been linked to the European avant-garde between the wars and was also influenced by antiquities while studying at the Brooklyn Museum. During his four years of study there, he was inspired by its magnificent collection of primitive art, including Cycladic terracotta votive figures and African fertility goddesses. Sadko is from Etrog’s Screws and Bolts series, first inspired by an eye screw that Etrog picked up on a Toronto street. Sadko fuses the sensual art of ancient civilizations with the mechanics of the machine age, in a thought-provoking and modern sculpture. Like the 1927 German film Metropolis, it challenges us with the implications of the mechanization of humanity. Etrog’s use of hot red automotive paint adds another element of sensuality to this vital and emphatic sculpture. Both this work and the large version were produced during one of Etrog’s sojourns in Florence in the early 1970s, when he worked with the Michelucci foundry in Montecatini.

The base measures 15 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $37,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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