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'.

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.

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

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