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  • Lill Tschudi and Claude Flight, 1933. Image: © Estate of Lill Tschudi
    Lill Tschudi and Claude Flight, 1933. Image: © Estate of Lill Tschudi

    The Grosvenor School artists often used popular leisure activities of the time as inspiration for their prints. As London and its suburbs grew, so did the opportunities for entertainment. Concert halls, fairgrounds and the circus featured prominently in the artists’ works – the latter exemplified in Lill Tschudi’s 1932 print In the Circus. Tschudi’s interest in speed and movement come to the fore in this image. Depicting three figures swinging on a horizontal bar, it is unclear if these are indeed three individuals or if, instead, Tschudi is attempting to convey snapshots of one figure’s rotations on the bar in a composition inspired by the photography of Eadweard Muybridge. Four graphic streaks representing spotlights also emphasise the careful process of layering colours to create depth, highlights, and shadows in this print. Tschudi's simplified geometric forms with vibrant colours speak to the dynamism and vitality of modern life in Britain which the artists aimed to convey. 

    • Provenance

      Lumley Cazalet Gallery, London
      Private British Collection
      Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

    • Literature

      Stephen Coppel LT 23


In the Circus (C. LT 23)

Linocut from four blocks in dark blue, red, brown and dark beige, on light cream oriental tissue paper, with margins.
I. 24 x 25.8 cm (9 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)
S. 28 x 29.3 cm (11 x 11 1/2 in.)

Signed, titled and numbered 30/50 in pencil, framed.

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£2,000 - 3,000 

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 14-15 June 2022