Roger Hilton March 1960 1960

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Artist
Roger Hilton 1911–1975
Title
March 1960
Date 1960
Medium Oil paint and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1016 x 1524 mm
frame: 1096 x 1605 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1965
Reference
T00764
Not on display

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Hilton’s work oscillated between complete non-representation and degrees of figuration. In the end he came to believe that was ‘only a step towards a new sort of figuration

, that is, one which is more true’. Often apparently abstract shapes suggest parts of the body – usually female. But, as well as his forms, Hilton used the material of the work of art itself to evoke ideas of the body and its functions. He reversed the conventions of picture making by drawing into and over paint while the paint itself looks as if it has been smeared or laid on in blocks.

February 2010

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