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Mother and Child

Artist:
Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)
Date:
1984
Medium:
Collotype and screenprint
Dimensions:
24 1/8 x 22 3/8 in. (61.3 x 56.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Alan Cristea Gallery, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.302
Not on view
In 1969, while working in Milan, Hamilton was given a snapshot of a colleague’s wife and child. He kept the photograph in his studio for fifteen years before making works based on the image. This print was preceded by a watercolor of the subject and followed by a full-scale painting. Drawn as much to the bright, sun dappled setting as to the casually cropped image of the mother, Hamilton undertook a highly complicated technique for translating the watercolor version to this print. Collotype is a seldom-used photomechanical process developed in the nineteenth century.
When allied with screen print, says Hamilton, it “works wonders.”
Inscription: In margin, under image: (L.R.) Richard Hamilton AP 9/10
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Richard Hamilton: Selected Prints from the Collection, 1970–2005," December 16, 2009–May 2, 2010, no catalogue.

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