Complexes of a Young Lady, 1962
157.5 cm (H)
Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands
While Etrog’s work was already found in important North-American collections such as the Guggenheim and the MoMA by 1963, Complexes is his first sculpture to be purchased for a European museum, as it caught the attention of the Dutch curator and art historian, Dr. A. J. Hammacher at the Rijkmuseum Kroller Muller at Otterlo. The curator selected the piece for the museum’s sculptural garden and positioned it next to a Henry Moore sculpture. Another cast of Complexes is found at the University of Toronto’s Hart House.
A quintessential example of Etrog’s biomorphic style, this piece presents an elongated stem whose top blossoms with an array of circular elegant forms. The title reveals that it is a representation of the female psyche materialized through the contradiction between the sculpture’s two parts and its elaborate top.