An important early 20th Century English school bronze sculpture modelled as a young woman pecariously balanced on the edge of a rock, the surface with very fine hand finished detail and rich brown patina, raised on a marble base and signed Onslow Ford
Height: 52.5 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Bronze & Marble
Onslow Ford was an innovator. Here he rejected classical subject matter and conventions of ideal beauty and presented the embodiment of Folly as a young woman poised precariously on the edge of a dangerous rock. Ford’s casting allows enormous detail and a sensuous surface. It was made using the lost-wax process – casting bronze in a mould taken from a detailed wax model. The artist even pressed strands of animal hair into the wax to create the effect of a tangled mop. Such attention to surface detail led critics to complain that the work was too life-like to be acceptable as sculpture.