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

Refreshing and Delicious

Details
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, R.A. (1924-2005)
Refreshing and Delicious
signed ‘E./PAOLOZZI’ (lower centre); dated ‘1949’ (lower right)
collage on paper
15 ½ x 11 in. (39.5 x 28 cm.)
Executed in 1949.
Literature
S. Levy and T. Pirsig-Marshall (ed.), exhibition catalogue, British Surrealism in Context: A Collectors Eye, 2009, Leeds, City Art Gallery, p. 198, illustrated.
S. Martin, exhibition catalogue, Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture, Chichester, Pallant House, 2013, p. 44, no. 39, illustrated.
J. Sherwin, From France to England, British Surrealism Opened Up, Bradford, 2014, p. 13, illustrated.
Exhibited
Leeds, City Gallery, British Surrealism in Context: A Collectors Eye, July – November 2009, exhibition not numbered.
Chichester, Pallant House, Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture, July - October 2013, no. 39.
Kendal, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, British Surrealism Unlocked: Works from the Sherwin Collection, April – June 2014, exhibition not numbered.
Special notice

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
Sale room notice
Please note this work was not sold in the Sotheby’s, 2008 sale, and was not exhibited in the Tate Gallery, 1971 and Whitechapel Gallery, 2017 exhibitions as stated in the printed catalogue. This work was exhibited in Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture at Pallant House, Chichester, July-October 2013 as number 39.

Lot Essay


"History is more or less Bunk .. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history that we make today"
(Henry Ford)

"I met some Americans in Paris who were quite influential and they gave me piles of magazines which I used for a collage in a timid way, because when I did these early collages, nobody quite thought they were art at the time." (E. Paolozzi, quoted in exhibition catalogue, When Britain went Pop: The Early Years, London, Christie's Mayfair, 2013, p.38).

Out of these 'piles of magazines' came the glossy adverts, comic book and science fiction charatcters that were to form the torn sheets and collages that Paolozzi used in his seminal lecture, BUNK!
Performed to fellow members of the Independent Group at the ICA in April 1952, the lecture's central themes and imagery were undoubtably an important precursor to British Pop Art, if not in fact seminal Pop Art works themselves.
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