Richard HamiltonPicasso's meninas 1973

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Richard Hamilton (1922‑2011)
Picasso's meninas
Date 1973
MediumEtching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 570 x 490 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1982
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


Picasso’s meninas is an etching that plays an art-historical game by combining the composition of the celebrated painting by Diego Velázquez, Las Meniñas, 1656 (Museo del Prado, Madrid), with the graphic styles of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). The print came about as a result of a commission: Hamilton was invited by the Propylaen Press, Berlin to contribute to their portfolio Hommage à Pablo Picasso, celebrating Picasso’s ninetieth birthday in 1971. Feeling that any homage to Picasso would have to involve ‘displaying respect for the masterly craftsmanship and love of the medium that Picasso demonstrated in his own etchings’ (Hamilton in Collected Words, p.106), the artist made his contribution conditional on Picasso’s etcher, Aldo Crommelynck, agreeing to work with him. This was his first consideration before any thought of a subject for his print… (read more)

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