1898 - 1992
linocut in 4 colours
signed, titled and editioned 22/60
8 x 15 po, 20.3 x 38.1 cm
Estimation : $12,000 - $16,000
Vendu pour : $15,000
Exposition à : Heffel Toronto – 13 avenue Hazelton
Private Collection, Toronto
Peter White, Sybil Andrews, Glenbow Museum, 1982, reproduced page 61
Lora S. Urbanelli, The Grosvenor School: British Linocuts Between the Wars, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988, reproduced page 45
Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age, 1995, reproduced page 120, catalogue #SA 52
Hana Leaper, Sybil Andrews Linocuts: A Complete Catalogue Raisonné, 2015, reproduced page 106
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Sybil Andrews, 1982, same image, catalogue #49
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, The Grosvenor School: British Linocuts Between the Wars, January 22 - March 20, 1988, traveling in 1988 to the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, same image, catalogue #8
The image of the skater on the left was initially used in a design for a London Passenger Transport Board poster Sybil Andrews made in the 1930s in collaboration with Cyril E. Power, advertising ice-hockey matches at Wembley Park. Although this linocut was made in 1953 after she had moved from England to Vancouver Island, it retains the spirit of the 1930s. While in England, Andrews was part of the Grosvenor School of linocut artists, whose modernist work was influenced by the Futurist movement and the changes wrought by industrialization. The subject of sport was ideal for portraying the energy of coordinated movement, and Andrews also depicted horse races, football players and rowers. What was emphasized about these figures in synchronized movement was their teamwork and their anonymity, as opposed to the individuality of sports heroes, reflecting the social and egalitarian outlook shared by the Grosvenor School. This dynamic print reinforces the intensity of the skaters’ forward thrust by elongating their skate blades against a background of the stylized curves of their track, their bodies moving as finely-balanced racing machines.
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