Maurice Lambert

(1901—1964) sculptor

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British sculptor, born in Paris, son of the Australian portrait painter GeorgeW.Lambert (1873–1930) and brother of the composer Constant Lambert. He trained as a sculptor by serving as apprentice to Derwent Wood, 1918–23. Lambert was a versatile artist, equally adept at carving and modelling; he used a wide variety of materials, including various stones, metals, and woods, and he experimented with glass and concrete. His work included portraits, statues, fountains, and architectural sculpture. Stylistically he was eclectic, achieving a compromise between traditionalism and modernism: ‘If he had one eye on the example set by Brancusi, his other rested on the potential buyer: his Birds in Flight [1926, Manchester Art Gallery], for example, has an ingratiating elegance, a vitiating desire to do no more than please’ (Frances Spalding, British Art Since 1900, 1986). From 1950 to 1958 he taught at the Royal Academy.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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