Sir Eduardo PaolozziReal Gold 1949

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Artist
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924‑2005)
Title
Real Gold
Date 1949
MediumPrinted papers on paper
Dimensionssupport: 282 x 410 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1995
Reference
T06934
Not on display

Summary

Eduardo Paolozzi started collecting images from popular publications and pasting them into scrapbooks when he was a child and continued to do so as an adult. During 1946 and 1947, his last year at the Slade School of Art, he began using such images in a series of collages which, according to Paolozzi, were heavily indebted to Pablo Picasso's (1881-1973) synthetic Cubism of c.1912-18. In the summer of 1947, while still an undergraduate, the Mayor Gallery, London, held Paolozzi's first one-man exhibition. Its success allowed him to leave the Slade and live in Paris. It was there, possibly in his flat on the Ile St Louis, that Real Gold was made.

The collage is made up of images from popular American magazines, which Paolozzi procured from American ex-servicemen, many of whom were studying in Paris as a result of an initiative by the United States government known as the GI Bill. In the context of his own poverty and the general deprivation that affected all of Europe in the years immediately after the Second World War (1939-45), it is not surprising that Paolozzi was seduced by the 'exotic society, bountiful and generous' (Eduardo Paolozzi, 'Retrospective statements' in Robbins, p.192) that he saw presented in American magazines… (read more)

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