A New Spirit in Painting
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2006

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A New Spirit in Painting 1983
  • Scottish Art
In this print, Paolozzi satirises the art world as much as he draws on traditional art sources. The upper half of the print is made up of many art-historical figures and motifs, ranging from the grotesque heads of baroque sculptor Franz Xavier Messerschmidt, to concentric rings of colour-theory and allusions to American Pop-Art. It makes use of the cover of a catalogue for the 1981 art exhibition “A new spirit in painting”, held in the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Appointed a Royal Academician in 1979, Paolozzi queried both the exhibition's contents as its costs.

Glossary Open


A general term for European art and architecture from the 17th to the mid 18th centuries. It particularly refers to works characterised by a sense of movement and theatricality.


A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Royal Academy

An independent institution founded in 1768 with Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first president. It is governed by the Royal Academicians - leading painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects, which number no more than 80 at one time. It organises exhibitions at its London galleries, including an annual Summer Exhibition.

Baroque, Motif, Pop Art, Print, Royal Academy


  • Acc. No. GMA 4053
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 50.00 x 64.00 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995