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Insect Form

Lynn Chadwick

Artwork Details

Insect Form
circa 1950-1954
Lynn Chadwick
iron and cement
15 3/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 7 7/8 in (40.01 cm x 29.21 cm x 20 cm);15 3/4 in x 11 1/2 in x 7 7/8 in (40.01 cm x 29.21 cm x 20 cm)
Museum Purchase

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Insect Form is typical of Chadwick's numerous abstract, angular sculptures of creatures that vaguely resemble animal and insect forms. British artist Lynn Chadwick never attended art school, but worked as an architectural draughtsman which eventually led him to exhbition design and construction. It was from here that Chadwick experimented with making mobiles, and later stabiles. Chadwick began working as a sculptor in 1950, and then gained notoriety as an artist in 1956 after winning the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale. This was particularly notable because he was selected over Alberto Giacometti. 

Physical Description:

This small sculpture resembles a grasshopper-like insect standing on three legs, but instead of a head a branching form resembling tree roots emerges from the top of the sculpture.

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