Standing Female Figure
Standing Female Figure
Standing Female Figure

© estate of Reg Butler. Image credit: The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds

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From 1950 to 1953, Butler was the first Gregory Fellow in Sculpture. In the mid-1960s, when the 'Japanese Girl' and several similar works were created, Butler had turned in another direction, the figures are no longer contorted. They are, for the most part, straight up and down, torsos with heads but no arms, drawn into themselves as if waiting for something to happen. Space is only the space around them, it does not concern them. They are enigmatic and, for that reason perhaps, still interesting but quietly so. In subsequent years Butler's work featured highly eroticised female nudes, realistically coloured and provocatively presented, which did not please the critics.

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds



Standing Female Figure




bronze on stone base


H (?) x W 12.5 x D 12.5 cm

Accession number

LEEUA 1994.001

Acquisition method

gift from Audrey Burton, 1994

Work type



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