Sir Roland Penrose
Magnetic Moths 1938

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Sir Roland Penrose 1900–1984
Magnetic Moths
Date 1938
Medium Postcards, graphite and watercolour on paper on board
Dimensions Support, secondary: 558 x 813 mm
frame: 594 x 849 x 23 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1976
Not on display

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Roland Penrose was probably the most important figure in British Surrealism. He provided a vital link with Parisian artists such as Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and Man Ray.Penrose invented the ‘post-card sculpture’,in which a new reality is created by the incongruous juxtaposition of views of diverse real places. In this mysterious image, views of two landmarks in Paris – the Eiffel Tower and the Opera House – have been transformed into a mechanized moth drawn, fatally, towards a candle flame.

August 2004

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