Sorel Etrog


Sorel Etrog (1933 - 2014) is arguably Canada's most famous sculptor.

His works can be found in numerous museums and private collections including the Tate, the AGO and LACMA. His public sculptures can be found on iconic corners in Toronto, Montreal, Israel and beyond.  

This work is one of the earliest Etrog sculptures Caviar20 has handled to date. It's from Etrog's debut period and may be among his first works to be casted.  

1959, the year this sculpture was created, is an especially significant year for Etrog. In the fall of '58, Etrog moved to New York City after winning a scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Access to their collection of Oceanic and African art had a profound influence on the young artist. 

In 1959 Etrog meets collector and patrong Samuel J. Zacks from Toronto. The Zacks introduce Etrog to Toronto, begin collecting his work and help connect the young artist to the who's who (such as Walter Moos). After a period of living between New York and Toronto, Etrog makes Canada his permanent home. By 1966 Etrog has an international reputation, representing Canada at the Venice Biennale. 

"Knight" (Study) is a striking example of Etrog's early bronze work.  The fusion of Oceanic/African with Modernism is evocative of his distinct visual style. It manages to be both tribal and mechanical simultaneously. The form could be interpreted as both an ancient or futuristic tool or talisman. 

"Knight" debuted in one of Etrog's first solo shows at the Lewis Gallery in Waterbury, Connecticut, October 22 - November 11, 1960

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"Knight" (Study)

Canada, 1959


Incised signature and numbered by the artist

From an edition of 5

6.75"H 3"W 

Very good condition

Note: Pictured here with Etrog's "Venus Figure" bronze sculpture from 1957. 

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