The Real Woman by Sir Roland Penrose

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.


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.

Venue details

2 Willow Road 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, LONDON London NW3 1TH 020 7435 6166

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.50)

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