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Elizabeth Fritsch Returns to National Museum Cardiff

Following a popular exhibition to mark the 70th Birthday of the major Welsh-born ceramic artist Elizabeth Fritsch last year, visitors to National Museum Cardiff are once again able to enjoy a display of contemporary ceramics including works by the Welsh born artist.

Thanks to the support of the Art Fund and the Derek Williams Trust, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has acquired two new pieces by Elizabeth Fritsch, which form part of a new display at the Museum. Optical Bowl with Fractured Rim, 1974 and Counterpoint Vase in Twelve Tones, 1975 costing £20,800 are important examples of Fritsch’s early work, of types that rarely become available.

Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales explains why Fritsch’s style is so unique:

“Elizabeth Fritsch is a major contemporary artist, whose work is as rewarding visually as it is appealing to the mind. Key aspects of Fritsch’s style are apparent in these two new works, from the precise, almost architectural, hand-built forms and the meticulously painted and worked fresco-like surface, to the intense interest in musical rhythm, optical effects and sophisticated colour relationships.

“I am sure they will appeal to visitors to National Museum Cardiff.”

Stephen Deuchar at the Art Fund commented, “The Art Fund is committed to helping museums and galleries to buy, show and share art for everyone to enjoy. These new pieces by Elizabeth Fritsch are a great example of an acquisition which is nationally and regionally significant and which will be hugely appreciated by visitors.”

The first of a number of outstanding ceramicists to graduate from the Royal College of Art in the early 1970s, Fritsch marked a move away from the dominant wheel-thrown approach to ceramics. She developed a distinctive style based on her own particular hand-building technique and a unique approach to colour and painting in three dimensions. Her flattened ‘2½-dimensional’ forms, creating visual illusions and playing with different optics, established her reputation as a unique and important artist.

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