Richard Hamilton

The Late Works

Christopher Riopelle and Michael Bracewell

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December 4, 2012
64 pages, 71/2 x 8 1/4
50 color illus.
ISBN: 9781857095487
Cloth

Published by National Gallery Company/Distributed by Yale University Press

For decades the most continually provocative of British artists, Richard Hamilton (1922–2011, right) was long concerned with the great themes of Western painting. At the time of his death, he was completing plans for an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, to include the first public showing of what turned out to be his final work. Based on Balzac's short story, The Unknown Masterpiece, it depicts three masters of painting—Poussin, Courbet, and Titian—contemplating a reclining female nude and reflecting on the meaning of art. As with much of Hamilton's late work, the image was generated by computer but over-painted by hand. Knowing he would not complete it, Hamilton decided to show three preparatory versions simultaneously. In addition, he selected thirty paintings tracing the development of his art, featuring single-point perspective and the depiction of interior spaces, the sacred imagery of the Italian Renaissance, and allusions to the art of Marcel Duchamp.

Christopher Riopelle is curator of post-1800 paintings at the National Gallery, London. Michael Bracewell is an author and cultural commentator who has published widely on contemporary art.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The National Gallery, London(10/10/12–01/13/13)

A Brush With Nature
The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches, Revised Edition

Christopher Riopelle and Xavier Bray; with an essay by Char

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Manet to Picasso
The National Gallery

Christopher Riopelle; With Charlotte Appleyard, Sarah Herri

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Picasso
Challenging the Past

Elizabeth Cowling, Susan Grace Galassi, Christopher Riopell

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Bridget Riley
Paintings and Related Work

Colin Wiggins; With Michael Bracewell and Marla Prather

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Seduced by Art
Photography Past and Present

Hope Kingsley; With a contribution by Christopher Riopelle

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Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities
Painting, Poetry, Music

Cornelia Homburg; With contributions by Paul Smith and Laur

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