Hanging Forms (Study for ‘Two Forms on a Rod’)
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Hanging Forms (Study for ‘Two Forms on a Rod’) 1948
  • Scottish Art
This watercolour with ink and pastel on paper is a study for one of Paolozzi’s early sculptures, which was conceived while he was living in Paris. The sculpture ‘Two Forms on a Rod’ is also in the Scottish National Modern One’s collection and consists of two enigmatic objects which hang in suspension between two upright supports. With its soft, dissolving lines and contours, this watercolour study emphasises the dreamlike ambiguity of the ‘Hanging Forms’ and their roots in Surrealism.

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A drawing material made from ground pigment bound with enough gum or resin to hold it together in a stick, often smudged on paper to produce soft, atmospheric effects.


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.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Pastel, Surrealism, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. GMA 4021
  • Medium Watercolour, ink and pastel on paper
  • Size 26.20 x 32.80 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995