SOREL ETROG "DANCERS II" 1964
There is something incredibly poetic about a sculptor exploring the theme of "Dancers' in their work.
In the early 1960's Sorel Etrog (1933-2014) became intrigued by concepts of Dance. We see it in one of his most iconic series of sculptures: "Ritual Dancer" from 1960-62. The theme was continued and expanded on in a number of drawings from the same period.
Etrog's dancers, typically couples, elaborate on some of his (more famous) motifs such as the "Links" or "Link Head" series.
In this drawing, realized in red, orange, gray and blue accents, is one of the most figurative/literal examples. It is worth pointing out that most of Etrog's sculptures were realized in bronze; here the artist seems to delve into creating a stylized vision of flesh in motion.
Other drawings from this series push the definition of Dance to its most elemental; limbs or parts that join or move in relation to others nearly independent from the individual, yet united in their function and art.
It should be emphasized that many of Etrog's drawings, or even two-dimensional works in general, are dependent or immediately related to sculptures he created. In "Dancers" the drawings are an independent and mature body of work. While there are sculptures that explore this theme, this is an autonomous and fully realized series.
It is worth noting that in the Art Gallery of Ontario's catalog for "Sorel Etrog: Five Decades" one of the few two-dimensional works to receive a full-page reproduction is an example from the "Dancers' series, a true testament to the beauty, originality and importance of this series.
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Pastel, charcoal and pencil crayon on paper
Signed by the artist
22"W 18"H (artwork)
29"W 22"H (framed)
Framed with museum glass.
Very good condition.