- Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
- Engraving on paper
- Image: 245 × 175 mm
- Purchased 1982
P07658 Still Life? 1955
Engraving 9 5/8 × 6 7/8 (245 × 175) on paper 15 3/4 × 11 5/8 (400 × 295), printed by the artist at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, not editioned
Inscribed ‘R Hamilton’ b.r. and ‘proof’; inscribed in the plate ‘RH 55’
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Lit: Hamilton no.48, repr. p.38
Besides the works related to ‘Growth & Form’ Hamilton had, between 1950 and 1953, made paintings in which a multiple viewpoint was used as a kind of conceptual framework closely related to the traditional convention of drawn perspective. In these, natural forms were depicted in space. Morphet writes:
‘The perspective paintings had populated Hamilton's conceptual pictorial world with forms of life, had examined the question of spectator movement, and had commented on the painter's own role in making a two-dimensional analogy for three-dimensional facts. In several works of 1954–5 [including ‘Still Life?’], Hamilton brought his growing need for pictorial expression... to bear on all these problems simultaneously. These works... executed from life, mark Hamilton's return to figurative art at a moment when abstract painting in Britain was growing exceptionally in both scope and reputation (Morphet, pp.23–4).
‘Still Life?’ was the last of this group and the one in which Hamilton's interest in Futurist imagery is perhaps most evident.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986