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Sorel Etrog, Canadian, born 1933 in Romania  Family Group  1964 Bronze

Sorel Etrog, Canadian, born 1933 in Romania

Family Group
Partial gift of the artist and partial purchase through the Miriam and Sidney Stoneman Acquisition Fund; S.967.346
Photo by Alison Palizzolo

Internationally renowned for his public sculpture, Sorel Etrog was artist-in-residence at Dartmouth in the spring of 1967. Born into a Jewish family in Ia┼či, Romania, in 1933, Etrog spent most of his childhood living under Nazi and Soviet occupation. In 1950, he moved to Israel and enrolled three years later at the Institute of Painting and Sculpture in Tel Aviv, where he studied with Marcel Janco, a fellow Romanian and one of the founders of the international Dada movement. In 1958, Etrog moved to New York City to pursue his career as a sculptor, before settling permanently in Toronto, Canada, in 1963.

In 1966, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale, where his sculptures in bronze and wood caught the eye of Churchill P. "Jerry" Lathrop, the director of Dartmouth's Artist-in-Residence Program, who invited Etrog to come to campus in the following year. At the end of his ten-week residency, Dartmouth acquired his 1964 sculpture Family Group, whose pierced forms and interlocking shapes were inspired by the work of the British modernist sculptor Henry Moore, who had created his own Family Group sculpture in 1948.

Last Updated: 2/11/14