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Multicolored flower-piece by Richard Hamilton

Petersburg Press

Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: 75

Image Size: 11.75 x 9.3 inches

Sheet Size: 19.9 x 16.33 inches

Reference: Hamilton 95


Condition: Fair

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Aquatint with four plates in 8 colors and black on Rives paper.
Plate: 11.75 x 9.3 in. / 29.8 × 23.7 cm
Paper: 19.9 x 16.33 in. / 50.5 x 41.5 cm
Signed by the artist and marked Trial proof lower right in pencil. Edition 75 with 10 proofs. Printed by the artist and Aldo Crommelynck at Atelier Crommelynck, Paris.

According to Gesine Tosin, Richard Hamilton irritated contemporary critics in the 1970s with a series of works — romantic images of flowers, still lifes and landscapes, interspersed with scatological motifs. “Once exhibited, the critics regarded the paintings as evidence either of a kinky sexual aberration or an early onset of senility.” (Hamilton 1982, p.79. ) Trichromatic flower-piece is one of these works, which questioned the categories of high and low art through its appropriated imagery. In the words of Richard Hamilton: “The Shit and Flowers series was was inspired in a sense by Barcelona, walking on the Ramblas where thousands of postcards are displayed. (…) I bought three pictures of flowers. I took them back to Cadaqués and began to play about with them, at first by putting a little paint on the surface.”

Condition: Four areas of discoloration lower right: 3 1x.5” discoloration, 1/2×1/2” mark. 1” and ¾’ soft crease lower right. 1.5” vertical crease upper edge, soft vertical crease extending downward from upper edge of sheet to lower edge. ¾” soft crease upper right, ½” horseshoe-shaped crease lower left. Effaced paper where archival tape was removed on all four corners of verso.


The Artist

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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