SOREL ETROG "LIFESAVERS" PASTEL, 1967
For many, the first introduction to Sorel Etrog's work is through sculpture -whether one of the large scale public pieces or a sculpture in a home or major gallery.
Bronze, with its dark color and patina immediately gives its form a gravitas and mood.
One of the most interesting elements of Sorel Etrog's works on paper is that while the forms mirror those in sculpture, the prints and drawings, because of their palette, have a very different vibe.
"Lifesavers" (also known as "Four Key Heads") is a perfect example. The combination of the color and the linked heads suggests something more playful and uplifting (compared to some of the sculptures from the same era) and perhaps represents harmony within the family or teamwork.
Regardless of you interpret this work it is a fantastic example of Etrog's "Links"
The motif first appears in Etrog's drawings in 1964 and then becomes a consistent element in his oeuvre for the rest of the decade. Click here to see an example of a bronze "Key Head" sculpture.
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Stamped by the artist's estate verso
Pastel on paper
Framed with Museum Glass
18"W 12"H (sheet)
22"W 19"H (framed)
Very good condition.
Provenance: The Estate of Sorel Etrog