Richard Hamilton Flower Pieces


Richard Hamilton; Flower-piece B; Lithograph; 1975;
16.5” x 12”, framed; AP 13/16, from an edition of 75;
Signed and numbered in pencil lower left. $3,200


Richard Hamilton, while less of a household name than Andy Warhol, was the founder of Pop Art and a visionary who outlined its aims and ideals. A lollipop from one of his early collages furnished the movement with its title. His visual juxtapositions from the 1950s were the first to capture the frenetic energy of television, and remind us of how strange the vacuum, tape recorder, and radio must have seemed for the first generations that experienced them. "Pop Art" the British artist declared, would be: "Popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business."

Thee two prints offered here are related to a series of Flower-Piece paintings made by Hamilton in the early 1970s. The flowers themselves were based on an image on a laminated postcard with an illusory ‘three-dimensional’ effect. The addition of the Andrex toilet paper has been seen as counterbalancing the sentimentality inherent within the genre of painting flowers. It also reflects Hamilton’s fascination with advertising. He has described a lyrical, soft-focus advertisement for Andrex as being ‘like Watteau in its magical ambiguity’. (via Tate Museum)


Richard Hamilton; Flower-piece B (Cyan Separation); Lithograph;
1975; 16.5” x 12”, framed; Edition 10/23;
Signed and numbered in pencil lower right. $3,200