ROGER HILTON (1911-1971)

Roger Hilton (1911-1971) March 1961, Jerwood Collection. © Estate of Roger Hilton. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017.

March 1961

oil on canvas
132 x 139 cm

The year in which Hilton produced the present work - 1961 - was to be a pivotal year for the artist, and the beginning of a period widely to be considered the best of his career. Having been taken on by the highly-regarded Waddington Galleries in 1959, 1961 saw his first major show with Charles Lienhard in Zurich. Hilton wrote in the introduction to the catalogue:

'Abstraction in itself is nothing. It is only a step towards a new figuration, that is, one which is more true ... For an abstract painter there are two ways out or on: he must give up painting and take to architecture, or he must reinvent figuration'.

Provenance
Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich.
Waddington Galleries, London, where acquired by the previous owner, October 1987.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 22 November 2016, lot 17.

Exhibited
London, Serpentine Gallery, Roger Hilton: Paintings and Drawings 1931-1973, March 1974, no. 55.

Literature
A. Lewis, Roger Hilton, Aldershot, 2003, p. 112, illustrated fig. 56.
A. Lambirth, Roger Hilton: The Figured Language of Thought, London, 2007, p. 157, illustrated.

Lara Wardle