Richard Hamilton Chromatic spiral 1950

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
Title
Chromatic spiral
Date 1950
Medium Oil paint on plywood
Dimensions Support: 543 x 485 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented anonymously 1998
Reference
T07405
Not on display

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This painting was made while Hamilton was a student at the Slade School of Art and was inspired by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's influential book On Growth and Form (1917). Thompson believed that organic structures develop according to coherent, mathematical principles. Hamilton has constructed a spiral form according to the process of systematic increase. At each point in the spiral, another line is added, creating a pattern of increasingly complex forms.

August 2004

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