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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