Artwork by Sorel Etrog,  La Dance
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Sorel Etrog
La Dance

bronze
stamped signature and numbered 5/7
19.25 x 14 x 6.25 ins ( 48.9 x 35.6 x 15.9 cms ) ( overall )

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Provenance:
Private Collection, Ontario
Literature:
Theodore Allen Heinrich, Introduction to “Etrog: Painting on Wood/ Sculptures/ Drawings”, Gallery Moos, Toronto, 1959, unpaginated

“La Dance” exemplifies Sorel Etrog’s masterful marriage of the organic and the mechanical in his art practice. The intertwined sinuous bodies of the dancers rhythmically curve and undulate in balanced symmetry to one another, linking at their armatures and torsos thus unifying two bodies into one.

Etrog was inspired by the performing arts and regularly imbued his sculptural and painterly works with fluid musicality. Designing avante-garde costumes for dance productions and collaborating with musicians, dancers and writers deepened the artist's understanding and love of music and the limits of bodily expression within the wider discussion of art. Theodore Allen Heinrich wrote: “[Etrog] has a strongly musical sense for rhythms, balances and silence. He has a profound capacity for experiencing and conveying emotion. His work is imbued with poetic fantasy... Above all he has something to say. The adventurous art of Sorel Etrog is centred on increasingly simple but constantly more meaningful form in conjunction with intricately subtle balances of movement, weight and colour.”

“La Dance” speaks to the human condition and relationships to others. The link motif functions as a visual representation of a psychological state regarding the interconnectedness of the body to itself and others. The link can bind opposites creating both tension and balance of these elements within the sculptural form.
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Sorel Etrog
(1933 - 2014) RCA

Born in Jassy, Romania, he studied painting there between 1949 and 1950, and emigrated to Israel where he studied at the Institute of Painting and Sculpture at Tel-Aviv. In 1958 he won a scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. Later a resident of Toronto, he commuted to his Toronto studio located in a factory overlooking the city’s waterfront.

In reviewing his sculpture, W. J. Withrow, Director, the Art Gallery of Toronto, noted, “. . . In all his work to this date there had been a tendency to combine free, curving lines with geometric shapes and this uneasy combination continued to challenge him in his sculpture . . .” Using for example Etrog’s “Blossom”, a 42” high work in bronze, Withrow continued, “. . . Blossom . . . is one of his first sculptures to meld successfully the organic and the mathematical. It is also a work which illustrates very well Etrog’s preoccupation with evolution: birth, youth, maturity and constant change . . . In spite of new developments all his 1964 work retains certain familiar continuing qualities: a wonderful sense of mass related to but unburdened by the demands of gravity and that unique and peculiar proclivity to corkscrew the masses in space.”

Sorel Etrog’s work develops a complex visual vocabulary that explores time and the permanent bond between the plastic arts, with architecture on one hand, and society on the other. Etrog explores spontaneous symbols, primal elements and the relationship between form and symbol. The artist described his art as "tension created by pulling together and pulling apart, with being stuck and being freed, a world of grabbing and holding on and losing hold...bringing shapes together but at the same time giving each an independence."Etrog continued to develop his new concepts through his personal sculpture and attracted considerable attention in art circles. His work varies in height from half a foot to over six feet.

Etrog designed Canada's top film award in 1968, "the Genie" statuette (which was known as "the Etrog" until 1980). He received several important commissions, including those for Expo ’67, Montreal; SunLife Centre, Toronto; Windsor Sculpture Garden, Windsor, Ontario; Los Angeles County Museum, and Olympic Park in Seoul, Korea.

Sources: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume I: A-F", compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1977