Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Man’s Head 1952–3

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Man’s Head
Date 1952–3
Medium Ink, gouache and chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 718 x 571 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1959
Not on display

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This drawing and the sculpture shown nearby date from early in Paolozzi's career. The drawing was made in London where Paolozzi had settled after a formative stay in Paris from 1947-9. There he had been drawn particularly to Surrealism with its rejection of conventional ideas of beauty, and its aim to make art directly from 'the depths of the mind'. In painting and drawing, this aim was often achieved by employing a free and improvisatory approach which would encourage a direct statement of inner feelings. The results, as here, were often akin to graffiti, or the art of the insane, or to 'primitive' or naive art. All of these were admired by artists such as Paolozzi for their freedom and directness of expression.

September 2004

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