Head
© The Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2006

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Head 1946
  • Scottish Art
This is one of a group of drawings Paolozzi made with a reed pen while he was at the Slade School of Art in 1946-7. The drawings relate to Picasso’s drawings of the late 1930s, which could, among other places, be seen in the collection of Roland Penrose. A friend of Picasso and his future biographer, Penrose met Paolozzi around the time these drawings were made. This particular drawing is related to the sculpture ‘Horse’s Head’, which is also in the Modern One’s collection. The parallel lines in pen and ink, which feature so dominantly in this collage can also be found on the surface of the sculpture, indicating the close relation of the two types of media for Paolozzi.

Glossary Open

Collage

An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.

Slade School of Fine Art

Part of University College, London, this art college was founded in 1871 with funds from the art collector Felix Slade. Notable students include Augustus and Gwen John, Percy Wyndham Lewis, Stanley Spencer and Ben Nicholson.

Collage, Medium/ media, Slade School of Fine Art

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4012
  • Medium Pen and ink and collage on paper
  • Size 49.50 x 23.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995