Sale: 524 / Post War / Contemporary Art II, Dec. 11. 2021 in Munich Lot 121001219

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Eduardo Paolozzi
Newton, 1990.
Bronze with brown patina
€ 40,000 - 60,000

$ 48,000 - 72,000

Lot description
Newton. 1990.
Bronze with brown patina.
Signed and dated in front right on the plinth. Numbered and dedicated "For Rudi" on the other side. Presumably one of 6 copies. 43 x 53 x 35.5 cm (16.9 x 20.8 x 13.9 in).

• This is a main work of the British sculptor.
• A monumental sculpture of the "Newton“ figure adorns the forecourt of the British Library, London, another "Newton“ of the same size as ours is part of the collection of Tate Gallery, London
• With this work Paolozzi references William Blake's depiction of Isaac Newton from 1795 which shows the scientist in same pose. Paolozzi came across Blake's work at Tate Gallery in 1940.
• Remarkable work in Paolozzi's inimitable style: Initially the "Newton“ had a smooth surface, then Paolozzi sawed the work apart and put it back together – the artist uses the breaks to explore beyond the surface – Newton himself becomes the mechanic object and embodies the relation between man and anture. In Blake's work Newton holds a compass – as a radical artistic act Paolozzi depicts Newton with rods.
•For Paolozzi his work "Newton“ unites both the world of math and the world of art.
• Paolozzi taught in Hamburg, Berlin and at the Munch Academy, the work "For Leonardo (1986)“ is in the sculpture park of the Alte Pinakothek.
• The important British sculptor took part in both documenta and Venice Biennial exhibitions several times between 1959-77

PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany (from the possession of an art professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich. Acquired from the artist in 1996).


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Objects made by artists who have not died at least 70 years ago are subject to a resale right apportionment of 2.4% including statutory sales tax.