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Horse's Head
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2015

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Horse's Head 1946

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
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.

Glossary Open


The production of a sculpture by use of a mould to make a copy, usually in a more durable material, of the original work. The term is used to describe both the process and the resulting object.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3698
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size 69.00 x 35.00 x 46.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1993