Table Sculpture (Growth)
© Eduardo Paolozzi 2004. All Rights Reserved, DACS

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Table Sculpture (Growth) 1949
  • Scottish Art
This sculpture was first made in plaster while the artist was living in Paris, and was cast in bronze in England at a later date. While in Paris, Paolozzi met the sculptor Giacometti and visited his studio. This strange object is similar to sculptures Giacometti made while working with the surrealist group. It has been suggested that this sculpture may derive in some way from the bone structure of a fish, with the central 'table' being the backbone while smaller bones spring away from it. Cut-away botanical models in science museums may also have helped suggest the motif.

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Cast

The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.

Motif

A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Cast, Motif, Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3399
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 83.00 x 60.50 x 39.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1988