• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 156

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, R.A. (1924-2005)

    Head of Zeus

    Price Realised  

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, R.A. (1924-2005)
    Head of Zeus
    signed 'E Paolozzi' (lower left) and dated '1946' (lower right)
    collage, unframed
    9½ x 7 in. (24.2 x 17.8 cm.)


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    Robin Spencer writes of Paolozzi's interest and exploration of heads in his sculpture and collages:
    'The head, whether by a Greek or African Artist, has an even more compelling presence when overlaid in collage by a twentieth-century machine image. In early collages of the 1940s, machine parts are superimposed on images of Greek sculpture' (R. Spencer, Eduardo Paolozzi: Recurring Themes, London, 1984, p. 21).
    R.S.

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    Provenance

    Gifted by the artist to the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the 1984 exhibition also toured to Cork, Lyons and Australia.


    Literature

    R. Spencer, Eduardo Paolozzi: Recurring Themes, London, 1984, p. 33, no. A2.6, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, Eduardo Paolozzi: Recurring Themes, August - September 1984, no. A2. 6: this exhibition travelled to Munich, Stadtische Galerie, Autumn 1984; Cologne, Museum Ludwig, 1985; and Breda, De Beyard Centrum Voor Beeldende Kunst, 1985.