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Collection Online as of March 2, 2024

Reclining Figure

Reclining Figure

1953
Location: not on view

Description

Unlike Maillol, Lehmbruck, or Matisse, who relied on copying nature in drawing the figure and emphasized the rounded, three-dimensional quality of form even in their graphics, Armitage wanted "to express an idea as simply as possible." Reclining Figure summarizes the basic shape and appendages of the human body and stresses flatness since it is a study for a bronze relief. Armitage also accentuates the horizontal and the vertical because "We walk vertically and rest horizontally. . . . We live in a world of verticals and horizontals."
  • ?-1965
    Mr. and Mrs. George M. Reid, Cleveland, OH, given to The Cleveland Museum of Art
    November 6, 1965-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Prints and Drawings, 1916-1965. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 20-July 24, 1966).
    Changing Dimensions: Works on Paper by Sculptors. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 22, 1995-January 24, 1996).
    Cleveland Museum of Art, 1995-1996: Changing Dimensions: Works on Paper by Sculptors: November 22, 1995-January 24, 1996, no cat.
  • {{cite web|title=Reclining Figure|url=false|author=Kenneth Armitage|year=1953|access-date=02 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1965.457