Description & Technical information

Gnathos, 1967 is an important sculpture by Milne, who made two editions of the piece, each with three casts; one patinated, one polished bronze. Milne wrote: “I often cast works with more than one type of finish in order to be absolutely sure that the final result is the most perfect that I can obtain.” A polished edition belongs in the permanent collection of the Tate Britain, London, with another belonging to the Arts Council of Great Britain.
(Original carving in wood dated 1960)

Of this sculpture Milne wrote: The Greek word ‘Gnathos’ means ‘jaw’ or ‘jawbone’ which describes my feeling of biting or ‘getting ones teeth into something’ be that something my life, or my work – this was the emotion of the sculpture. Gnathos was a complete change of direction in my work at that point (1960).”

Date:  1967
Period:  20th century
Medium: Patinated bronze on slate base
Signature: Signed, dated and numbered 3/3 on base

Dimensions: 63.5 x 86.5 x 37 cm (25 x 34 x 14⁵/₈ inches)
Exhibitions: Austin Reed Gallery, London, St Ives Group 3rd Exhibition, July-August 1971, cat. 20
Other casts in the permanent collections at the Tate Britain, London and the Arts Council, London
Accompanied by a letter from the artist, dated 18th February 1972, the original copy held by the Tate Britain, London; published in the Tate Gallery Report 1970-1972, London 1972.

Categories: Sculpture