Hollow sculpture made from two heavily grogged buff stoneware slabs to give eliptical form of two back-to-back heads, swelling out at back, with narrow sharp edges. Sharp edges where slabs meet carved into stylised side face profiles on both sides. Right hand side of one slab bulges out towards left to form three-quarter left side profile of another stylised face. Matt grey/blue glaze similar in appearance to verdigris bronze patination.
Gallery text panel 20th Century People Figurative Art since the War Despite the pictorial experimentation of abstract art artists in the 20th century continued to depict people. Following the huge influence of Pablo Picasso, artists and makers reinvented the figure. This display comprises different ways of doing so, from the traditional to the more challenging. The paintings made during the Second World War portray the importance of community spirit and collective action at a time of national crisis. Later, the post-war anxieties of the nuclear age underpin the work of artists like Bacon and Freud, which stresses the individual's isolation in the world. Figuration remained a powerful means to comment on political events, and also to reinterpret the past. Other artists have looked inward to explore their feelings about personal and sexual identity. Artists and makers responded to a changing world and in turn they have contributed to that change.
Whole: 38.5cm x 50cm
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Purchased with assistance from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund