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Woman Bathing

1960
Bronze
36 x 14 x 16 cm
Edition 2 of 9
Social, Savage, Sensual; The Sculpture of Ralph Brown, By Gillian Whiteley, 2009; Ralph Brown & the Figure in the 50s and 60s, 2016, PL; Ralph Brown A Memorial Exhibition, 2014; Ralph Brown at Eighty: The Early Decades Revisited, 2009, PL
From the artist's estate.
Much like Rembrandt’s painting 'A Women Bathing in A Stream', on which this piece is inspired, Brown’s ‘Woman Bathing’ captures a solitary figure in a private moment. The distinctive ‘slit’ through this piece is a distinguishing indicator of Brown’s figurative work of the 1950s and 1960s and gives the work a potentially dark and sadistic feel which confront its viewer. This is furthered by the rough texture and surface of the bronze which resembles rock fissures and clefts.