Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Forms on a Bow

1949

In Tate Britain

Artist
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924–2005
Medium
Bronze on oakwood base
Dimensions
Whole object: 555 x 648 x 267 mm

Base alone: 265 x 352 x 57 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1958
Reference
T00227

Display caption

Paolozzi lived in Paris between 1947 and 1950. During this time he was influenced by the early surrealist sculptures made by Paris-based Swiss sculptor, Alberto Giacometti.
Here Paolozzi has explored Giacometti’s use of open or transparent structures and forms that relate to machines and animals. These shapes strung between the two ends of the ‘bow’ suggest the coming together of the manmade and organic parts and human and animal instincts to grow, fight and protect.

Gallery label, April 2019

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Catalogue entry

T00227 FORMS ON A BOW 1949

Not inscribed.
Cast brass, 19×25×8 1/2 (48·5×63·5×21·5).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1958.
Coll: C.A.S. 1951–8.
Exh: (a) The plaster: Les Mains éblouies, Galerie Maeght, Paris, October 1949 (31 or 32), as ‘Sculpture’; 1950 Aspects of British Art, I.C.A., December 1950-January 1951 (23). (b) The brass: British Council, New Aspects of British Sculpture, Venice Biennale, 1952 (British Pavilion, 143); British Council tour, Young British Sculptors, U.S.A. and Canada, 1955–6 (46); British Council tour, Victor Pasmore, Eduardo Paolozzi..., Venice Biennale, 1960 (British Pavilion, C), and Belgrade, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Scandinavia, 1960–1 (30).
Repr: Art d'Aujourd'hui, série 4, No.2, March 1953, p.7.

This, the only cast, was commissioned by the C.A.S. when the plaster was shown at the I.C.A. exhibition of 1950–1. It was cast in sections and welded together. For a study for this sculpture see T00450.

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

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