'Hermaphrodite', Allen Jones, 1963
Oil on canvas, 213.5 x 122cm
Accession Number WAG6190
Several of Allen Jones's prints, sculptures and paintings explore the tension between male and female.
These two fused figures express the Jungian notion that truly creative art requires both feminine and masculine characteristics. It can thus be read as a metaphorical self-portrait of Jones's own artistic quest.
The overtly erotic female imagery is characteristic of much of Jones's later work, such as 'Chair' (in the Tate), which is a lifesize sculpture of a woman sado-masochistically bound to form a seat.
Image copyright of the artist.
'Chair', Allen Jones, Tate Collection