In the late 1940s, the young Eduardo Paolozzi acquired fame for his innovative approach to sculpture. Unlike other artists of the time, he did not strive for `Truth to Materials? or give his works a refined finish. The rough forms and choice of material (concrete, for the first version of this sculpture) was novel and unheard of. In 1947, Robert Melville, a well-known contemporary art critic, described Paolozzi?s `Horse?s Head? as establishing `a relationship with half the animal styles of the past without a sign of conformism? and thought Paolozzi to be the `most devoted and least cunning of all of Picasso?s followers? of the time. The artist later had his original concrete sculpture cast into bronze.