Richard Hamilton Hommage à Chrysler Corp. 1957

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Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
Hommage à Chrysler Corp.
Date 1957
Medium Oil paint, metal foil and digital print on wood
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1220 x 810 mm
frame: 1479 x 1074 x 67 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1995
Not on display

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This is one of a series of five paintings by Hamilton that explore the relationship between women and cars, an association that had become a cliche of advertisements then in vogue. The image is somewhat abstracted due to the elimination of certain details and the way the remaining areas appear as disconnected shapes and marks. Such passages echo abstract paintings of the period. Nevertheless, the centre of the image can be read as a voluptuous woman, identifiable by her red lips and diagrammatic bra, seen caressing a gleaming car. These elements were derived from, or inspired by, adverts and popular imagery, themes which preoccupied Hamilton and other artists associated with the Independent Group in London.

September 2004

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