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The National Trust and Blain|Southern present Lynn Chadwick at Cliveden. An exhibition of sculptures by the internationally renowned British artist, Lynn Chadwick CBE (1914-2003) has been installed in the Grade I listed grounds of Cliveden estate.
The artist’s iconic bronze and steel sculptures are sited over twelve locations throughout Cliveden’s gardens, engaging viewers and inviting them to reconsider the landscape and vistas. On view until 14 October 2018, this is the second exhibition presented in collaboration with Blain|Southern at this historic location.
Exhibiting sculpture outdoors has been a significant feature of the designed landscape at Cliveden since the 18th century. From large figurative works such as The Fountain of Love on the main drive, to bold architectural structures like Borghese Balustrade sitting decoratively on the Parterre; visitors have enjoyed the refreshing perspective that comes with outdoor art for over three centuries. This year visitors have the opportunity of seeing sculptures by one of Britain’s most significant sculptors, Lynn Chadwick, whose works are in the collections of many of the great museums of the world.
Chadwick first rose to international prominence after World War II, and is primarily known for sculptures often inspired by the human form and the natural world, but which at times seem close to abstraction. Despite their seemingly abstract nature, their presence is undeniably lifelike. His daughter, Sarah Chadwick, notes: “…even at their most monumental he captures a humanity and sensitivity, which is emphasised when placed in nature, freeing the figure to interact with its surroundings.”
Spanning over 30 years of the artist’s career, the exhibition focusses on Chadwick’s iconic figurative pieces such as Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990, Sitting Figures, 1979-80 and Teddy Boy and Girl (Second Version 1974), 1955, which demonstrate the form, stance, line, balance and attitude that together comprise the unique character of a Chadwick sculpture.
Chadwick was of the view that the placement of monumental sculpture enhanced both the landscape and the work. In the latter part of his career, he created his own sculpture park at his home in Gloucestershire, placing his works outdoors with dedication and precision, to ensure a harmonious balance between the land and sculpture. It was at Lypiatt Park that Chadwick’s life and artistic practise became deeply intertwined with the English landscape and the tradition of the country estate. This interplay between architecture, landscape and sculpture is ultimately why Blain|Southern and The Estate of Lynn Chadwick are now displaying his works at Cliveden.
“Cliveden’s historic gardens, with their exceptional beauty and tradition of siting sculpture outdoors, are perfect for showing his works as he intended. Seeing them here would have given my father great pleasure.” – Sarah ChadwickCourtesy The Estate of Lynn Chadwick and Blain|Southern. Photo Jonty Wilde