Lot # 008
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Sorel Etrog
RCA 1933 - 2014 Canadian

Noh (Ritual Costume)
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled and dated 1968 on a label
21 1/2 x 17 5/8 in  54.6 x 44.8cm

Private Collection, Toronto

Pierre Restany, Sorel Etrog, 2001, page 77

When one thinks of the artist Sorel Etrog, what usually comes to mind first are his bronze sculptures. But those important works, memorable and powerful as they are, comprise only one element of Etrog’s brilliant artistic output. In common with the world’s most celebrated sculptors - Henry Moore and Alberto Giacometti come to mind - his fully realized three-dimensional work has its essential roots in his talent as a graphic artist. In the case of Etrog, his graphite and ink drawings and studies inform his early relief constructions, and the constructions further reveal to us his talent as a colourist. It should come as no surprise, then, that Etrog was as passionate and skilled a painter as he was a sculptor. This fine work dates from the period in which Etrog, inspired by Etruscan sculpture, was in the thrall of his Links sculpture works. Etrog wrote, “I continued drawing and painting. I was developing a new anatomy. Based on the tension and articulation of the joints in our body, invisible to the naked eye yet so intensely felt."

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD  
Sold for: $32,450 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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