La Sheer
Date 1968
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 182.9 x 152.4 x 45.7 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-286
Allen Jones, along with David Hockney, Peter Phillips and R. B. Kitaj, belongs to the ‘second generation’ of British Pop. From 1955 to 1960 he studied in London at the Hornsey College of Art, then at the Royal College of Art, and from 1961 to 1963 he taught lithography at the Croydon School of Arts. Allen Jones lived in the United States for a year in 1964. Like Mel Ramos with his Pinup Girlies (the Berardo Collection has a Virnaburger, from 1965), Jones pushed the stereotypes known as ‘masculine’ to the maximum. In this painting, using an ingenious optical illusion, the female figure is reduced to a pair of legs, and wears stiletto heels with exaggerated dimensions. Jones acquired a certain notoriety for his Chair, Table and Hat Stand series (1969) in which women are transformed into furniture. Allen Jones collaborated in the film Maîtresse, made by Barbet Schroeder in 1976. The sculptures in the ‘Korova Milk Bar’ in Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange are based on his work. J-FC