Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Man’s Head

1952–3

Medium
Ink, gouache and chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 718 x 571 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1959
Reference
T00293

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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.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T00293 MAN'S HEAD 1952–3

Inscr. ‘Eduardo Paolozzi 1953.’ b.r., over an earlier inscription, now overpainted, ‘Eduardo Paolozzi 1952’.
Indian ink, gouache and coloured chalks, 28 1/4×22 1/2 (72×57).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1959.
Coll: C.A.S., purchased from the artist 1953.

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Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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