Eliot Hodgkin

Pink and White Turnips

1971

Artist
Eliot Hodgkin 1905–1987
Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 241 x 292 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1981
Reference
T03222

Not on display

Display caption

Hodgkin studied art in London at the Byam Shaw and Royal Academy schools. Turnips were one of several types of small natural object that he frequently painted. Most of his other still life paintings were made in tempera. As was the artist's custom, 'Pink and White Turnips' was painted directly from the motif, and the vegetables are depicted their actual size. According to the artist it probably took three or four sessions, of perhaps four to five hours each, to complete the picture.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T03222 PINK AND WHITE TURNIPS 1971

Inscribed ‘Eliot Hodgkin 13 vii 71’ top right
Oil on paper laid on board, 9 3/8 × 11 1/4 (24.3 × 29.3)
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1981
Prov: Purchased from the artist by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1972
Exh: RA, April–July 1972 (308)

In answer to questions the artist wrote (letters, 1981 and 1982) that turnips were one of several kinds of small natural object which he had painted frequently, most of his other still life paintings being in tempera. As was his custom, Hodgkin painted the Tate's picture direct from the motif, actual size. It probably required three or four sessions of perhaps four to five hours each. A drawing, since destroyed, would have assisted in the composition. He stopped painting in 1979, because he felt he had done enough.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

Explore

You might like