Elizabeth Fritsch was born into a Welsh family and the National Museum of Wales is actively increasing its holdings of her work.
1) Optical Bowl with Fractured Rim; 2) Counterpoint Vase in Twelve Tones by Elizabeth Fritsch, 1) 1974; 2) 1975
© The artist / rightholder could not be contacted
- Height: 1) 13.5 cm; 2) 25.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £10,000 ( Total: £20,800)
- Acquired in:
- Hargreaves and Ball Trust
These two pieces are important examples of Fritschs early work. 1) Optical Bowl is an excellent early example of Fritsch's experimentation with optical effects, while its white ground and palette of pale colours are typical of her work from the 1970s. 2) The vase is an early example of the musical inspiration that made Fritschs work in the mid 1970s so distinctive and influential. Curving grids follow the form of the vessel with mathematical precision and act as the equivalent of a time signature in music. The rhythm figures based on these grids are modified by the vessels curvature, emphasising its dynamic structure.
Professor John Ball; Hargreaves and Ball Trust.