The Sculpture of Maurice Lambert
Artist(s): Maurice Lambert
Author(s): Vanessa Nicolson and Klio Panourgias
Year published: 2002
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 128
Illustrations: 12 colour and 100 b&w illustrations
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This is the first book on Maurice Lambert and makes a critical reassessment of a sculptor whose work was considered important in his time and has been unjustly neglected since his death.
The sculpture of Maurice Lambert (1901-1964) can be linked stylistically with the movements of his time – Surrealism and Art Deco – but is also highly eclectic. Lambert worked prolifically in his studio, but also undertook a wide variety of commissions for public buildings, fountains, ocean liners and portraits – both public and private. Although his early work could be viewed as quite radical, as Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy he became closely linked with the establishment, and towards the end of his life upheld essentially conventional views on the role and function of art.
Lambert’s interest in the primitive and the art of other cultures, his experimentation with materials and in his investigations into form and movement show that he shared the concerns of his contemporaries. He had a series of important and critically well-received one-man shows in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and by the mid-1930s was ranked with Moore, Hepworth, Skeaping and Dobson as one of the leading new group of sculptors who were ‘changing the path of sculpture’.