The Real Woman is a colourful example of a series of collages incorporating postcards produced in 1936 while Penrose was staying with Picasso, Man Ray and Eluard in the South of France.
The Real Woman by Sir Roland Penrose, 1938
© Roland Penrose Estate
- Mixed media including collage
- 75 x 100 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £2,500 ( Total: £22,667)
- Acquired in:
- Goldfinger family
The Hungarian Modernist architect Erno Goldfinger (1902-87), and his artist wife, Ursula Ruth Blackwell (1909-91) settled in the artistic centre of Hampstead, designing 2 Willow Road which ranks as one of the pioneering buildings of the Modern Movement. The Goldfingers acquired this work in 1938, at the time the house was being constructed. Penrose, a neighbour of the Goldfingers in Hampstead and close personal friend, was a founder member of the Surrealist movement in England in the 1930s. It was reputedly he who introduced the couple to Henry Moore.
Acquired from Penrose by Erno Goldfinger; by descent.
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