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Untitled 1937

Not on display

This is one of Penrose's earliest compositions constructed from postcards. These innovative collages are the artist's most significant contribution to surrealist art. Collage had been frequently used by both cubist and surrealist artists, but it was a new idea to feature the repetitive use of the same image. The artist René Magritte, in particular, was an admirer of these works. Among the other materials used for this collage is a rubbing from a piece of wood. This has been used for the face of the female figure.

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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.


A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.


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.

Collage, Cubism , Surrealism


  • Acc. No. GMA 4070
  • Medium Collage, gouache and pencil on card
  • Size 79.00 x 54.50 cm (framed: 86.40 x 61.60 x 2.20 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995