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 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.

2 Willow Road

Hampstead, London, NW3 1TH
020 7435 6166

Opening times

1 Mar – 5 Nov

Wed – Sun, 11am – 2pm entry by guided tour only (every hour on the hour, places allocated at the door), 3 – 5pm independent viewing, last entry 4.30pm

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