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Hermes von Praxiteles
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2015

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Hermes von Praxiteles 1953

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
While working in Hamburg, Germany, in 1953, Paolozzi made a number of collages from damaged or second-hand books on art and archaeology. These generally feature illustrations of antique sculptures superimposed with machine elements taken from specialist manuals, thus engineering a mysterious and suggestive collision of cultures and images. Paolozzi deliberately roughened the surfaces of many of these collages in an effort to homogenise the different elements and give a hand-made, rather than purely reproductive appearance.

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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.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4034
  • Medium Collage on book illustration
  • Size 26.40 x 18.70 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995