Roger Hilton January 1957 1957

Artwork details

Artist
Roger Hilton 1911–1975
Title
January 1957
Date 1957
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 660 x 660 mm
frame: 699 x 699 x 43 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00173
Not on display

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This is one of the first works Hilton painted in St Ives following his decision to move to Cornwall late in 1956. By this time his severely abstract Neo-Plastic phase of the early 1950s was passing. As 'January 1957' shows, Hilton's painting became more improvisatory and expressionistic. The surface of the paint is broken up and lines are freely drawn. The artist used a range of techniques, including palette knife, brush and drawing straight from the paint tube. The move towards more muted, earthy colour and solid, organic form is also apparent. These changes were no doubt inspired by the shapes and colours of the Cornish landscape.

September 2004

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