Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (British, 1924-2005) Mondrian Head 24.1 cm. (9 1/2 in.) high
Lot 91AR
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (British, 1924-2005) Mondrian Head 24.1 cm. (9 1/2 in.) high
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 24,000 - 31,000

Lot Details
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (British, 1924-2005)
Mondrian Head
signed 'E/Paolozzi' (on the right-hand side), inscribed and dated 'A/P 1993' (on the back); further inscribed 'MicHAEl/FliNt/PHILIDA' (on the left-hand side)
bronze with a black patina
24.1 cm. (9 1/2 in.) high

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

    Paolozzi's Mondrian heads of the early 1990s are a continuation of the artist's exploration of fractious portrait busts which can be considered as meditations on the condition of being. Paolozzi would often strike a dialogue between his own practice and art works from those he admired, one such example being the minimalist New York works of Piet Mondrian. The present work and related series are informed specifically by Mondrian's 1940s Broadway Boogie-Woogie masterpieces in which the pulsing lights of the city streets are interpreted into abstract compositions. Here the concept is re-interpreted by Paolozzi and projected onto an anonymous head, the outcome is at once an abstract notion, a figural form and an acknowledgment of art history.
Auction information

The 29 May sale was the departments most successful auction to date making almost £5m.

Furthermore, it was 90% sold by value with some staggering results achieved for fresh, competitively priced material sourced from private collections. Over half of sold lots soared above their high estimates, indicating that Bonhams is best positioned to secure the best price for your Modern British & Irish Art.

The variety on offer within this genre continues to delight buyers, proven by exceptional results for post-war masters such as Auerbach, Scully, Hockney and Freud whilst the early-mid century examples by Spencer, Lavery, Burra and Moore also exceeded expectation. We were proud to break our own world auction record twice over in the same sale for a pencil drawing by L.S. Lowry. Agecroft Regatta sold for £211,250, pipping The Organ Grinder (£151,250) to the title. The sculpture and Irish content were similarly contended for by the packed saleroom and busy telephones.

The cover lot Garden Path, Cookham Rise by Sir Stanley Spencer fetched an impressive £769,250 while the much admired Oil-bound Puffin by Lucian Freud commanded £385,250 on the day, with both returning to private collections.

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