Concerning Marriages No.6

Allen Jones, 1964

WAG 6337

About this object

© Allen Jones

This print comes from Jones' first print portfolio of eight lithographs called 'Concerning Marriages'. The series was influenced by philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche’s (1844 – 1900) writings which suggested that creativity was powered by erotic relationships. Jones was also influenced by the writings of Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) on gender and creativity. Both Nietzsche and Jung implied that the union of male and female qualities were essential for artistic creativity. Jones’ prints illustrate this exchange between the sexes.

The central figure in this print is a hybrid of the couple who appear throughout the series. It combines the woman’s bright clothing and the man’s fedora hat. It reflects Jones’ idea that ‘there are elements of male and female within everybody’s character.’

The ‘intermingling of the sexes’ is a recurring theme in Jones’ work. Other pieces by Jones that challenge the boundaries between genders include his painting 'Hermaphrodite’ (Walker Art Gallery) and ‘Man Woman’ (Tate collection).

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Allen Jones (British: English, born:01 September 1937, died:unknown)
  • Date
    1964
  • Materials
    Colour lithograph; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 75.5 cm x 53.3 cm
  • Physical description
    Scene showing two figures in fedora hats with blue clouds above them, partially hiding two further fedora hats. The left hand side of the image shows the legs and lower torso of a figure wearing a patterned skirt and partly revealed blue underwear.
  • Related people
    Allen Jones (Artist/maker); The Prestous Art Gallery (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6337
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1966
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • The Prestous Art Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1966-01
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery

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