Kenneth Armitage | Family Going For a Walk | 1951
Bronze, edition of 4, height: 29 in/ 74 cm.
Courtesy of Jonathan Clark Fine Art
Kenneth Armitage was part of a generation of young British sculptors who showed their work at the 1952 Venice Biennale, signaling a turn to anti-monumental expressionism. Preoccupied almost exclusively with the human figure, Armitage sculpted small-scale figures with broad, flattened bodies and stick-like limbs. Family Going for a Walk is one such sculpture. It was installed in the Tremaines' Madison, CT sculpture garden in the area leading to their glass-windowed barn, which was designed by Modernist architect Philip Johnson. With its optimistic tone and quirky aesthetic, the sculpture offered a gentle presence in an garden filled with more monumental works.