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Interior with Monochromes by Richard Hamilton

Petersburg Press



Edition Size: 96

Sheet Size: 19.25 x 27.5 inches

Reference: Etienne Lullin: Richard Hamilton: Prints and Multiples 1939-2002, catalogue raisonné, Kunstmuseum, Winterthur, 2003, no 110 illustrated. Richard Hamilton: Prints 1939-83, Stuttgart and London 1984, p.75


Condition: Excellent

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Collotype and screenprint on Ivorex paper. Signed by the artist and numbered 55/96 lower right in pencil.

Made from a collage, this print shows the deconstructed interior of a room. Three photographs from different rooms are lined up so the ceiling line matches. From left to right, there is a sofa, a ladder leaned against the wall, an open door, the bare cord of a light fixture hanging from the ceiling, and a lightbulb hanging. Over these photographs are collaged brightly colored squares of blue and orange, and, cut from a postcard, a picture of Gerrit Rietveld’s Rood Blauwe Stoel (Red/Blue Chair) of 1918. On the wall hangs a Joseph Beuys painting of three black circles. The same chair appears in his print Instant Painting, 1980. On the coffee table rests a bottle of Beefeater Gin and two bottles of Schweppes tonic.

According to Etienne Lullin: ‘Gin and tonic is Richard Hamilton’s favourite drink … In addition, gin and tonic was also part of the almost ritual handing over of the print’s proof: after the whole edition had been printed and signed, Hamilton would mix gin and tonics, light up a cigar and then ceremoniously hand over the printer’s proof(s).’

Hamilton, famed for his collages, utilized clippings from magazines and postcards, and later, took his own reference photos of interiors, including those found in this print. On his treatment of interior scenes, Hamilton wrote: “In bringing together works that could reasonably be labelled ‘Interior’ I found that art was as often the subject as that they were about rooms. I happened to use part of a colour supplement feature for Interior I … Its complement Interior II also contains references to art, including a patch of blue to signify an Yves Klein monochrome, a trick which recurs in Interior with monochromes … Any interior is a set of anachronisms, a museum, with the lingering residues of decorative styles that an inhabited space collects. Banal or beautiful, exquisite or sordid, each says a lot about its owner and something about humanity in general. They can be dreary or warm and touching, on occasion, inspiring; all tell a story and the narrative can be enthralling; some even give us a little lesson in art appreciation.

This print is in the collections of Tate, London.

Slight wear on lower right corner as photographed.

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Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton is a painter and collage artist who was born in London in 1922 and studied at the Royal Academy School from 1938 to 1940. He returned to the Royal Academy School in 1946 after having left to study engineering draughtsmanship at a Government Training Centre, however he was expelled on grounds of “not profiting from the instruction” and subsequently enrolled at the Slade School of Art from 1948 to 1951.

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