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Richard Hamilton
Multicolored flower-piece Richard Hamilton floral scatological still life

1974

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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.” Multi-coloured flower-piece, 1974. 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. Condition: Four areas of discoloration lower right: 3 1x.5” discoloration, 1/2x1/2” 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.
  • Creator:
    Richard Hamilton (1922 - 2011, British)
  • Creation Year:
    1974
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 20 in (50.8 cm)Width: 16.33 in (41.48 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    Some areas of discoloration, dimples, and creases. Please see item description for full condition report.
  • Gallery Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU1211210741552
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