Startled Bird by Bernard Meadows

The bird is a recurring formal metaphor in Bernard Meadows' work of the post-war years.


58 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,500 ( Total: £13,500)
Acquired in:
Mayor Gallery

With its feathers tilted back in defensive stance, its surface sharply modelled, it can be read as an image symbolic of the post war political climate. The bronze has an energy which is nervous, dramatic and provocative. Distorted in form, its scratched and worked surface, with a fine patination, follows on from the tradition of expressive figuration typified by Picasso, and the 'pent-up energy' of which Moore had written in the thirties.


Gimpel Fils, 1967; Mayor Gallery, 1990.

Venue details

Leeds Art Gallery The Headrow, LEEDS West Yorkshire LS1 3AA 0113 3785350

Entry details

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