Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Two Forms on a Rod

1948–9, cast c.1961

Object: 527 x 641 x 324 mm
Presented by the artist 1961

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Two amorphous objects are impaled on a rigid rod. This discomforting combination, hinting at sexual imagery while remaining abstract, is reminiscent of the Surrealist sculptures produced in the late 1920s and early 1930s by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. Paolozzi had moved to Paris in 1947 and befriended the older artist.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

T00456 TWO FORMS ON A ROD 1948–9

Stamped ‘Eduardo Paolozzi London’ on base.
Cast brass, 20 3/4×25 1/4×12 3/4 (53×64×32·5).
Presented by the artist 1961.
Exh: Manchester, October 1960 (no catalogue issued).
Repr: Another cast: exh. cat., British Council, Recent British Sculpture, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, 1961–3 (61).

The first of six casts. A drawing for the sculpture is in the possession of the artist, who has written that this work dates from 1948 to 1949, about the same time as ‘Forms on a Bow’, T00227. ‘The original or plaster, which consists of a column and a round form with projections, was conceived and fabricated in Paris but not cast until recently. Of course each sculpture consists of the same column and form cast twice.... The sculpture in plaster has never been shown as it was designed for sand casting’ (letter of 15 October 1961).

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