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As is when
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As is when 1965

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  • Scottish Art
In 1962 Paolozzi read a biography of the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein that captured his imagination. An Austrian in British intellectual circles, Wittgenstein was, like Paolozzi, an 'outsider.' Both men shared a love of American cinema, comics, aeroplanes, steam engines and mathematics. In this suite of prints Paolozzi marries Wittgenstein's writings with vivid collage images, some figurative, some abstract. This was the first major suite of Pop prints using commercial screen printing techniques. At the heart of this suite is Paolozzi's fascination with Wittgenstein's ideas on the translation of experience: the use of words in relation to object and image in contrast to a language of pictures.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


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.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

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.


A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Abstract art, Collage, Figurative art, Pop Art, Screenprint


  • Acc. No. GMA 4366
  • Medium Portfolio of 12 screenprints, poster and text, no. 5/65
  • Size Paper size: 76.50 x 66.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2001