The French Revolution has been a recurring theme in Hamilton Finlays work and here he conjures a dinner party where the guests are the female protagonists and heroines of the Revolution.
Les Femmes de la Revolution by Ian Hamilton Finlay, 2003
© Estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay/ Victoria Miro gallery
- Porcelain & cherry wood
- 76.5 x 372.5 x 89.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £6,750 ( Total: £13,500)
- Acquired in:
- Victoria Miro Gallery
The plates have the guests' names and a wild flower painted on them. The elegant place settings initially evoke an image of a convivial party. However most of these women met violent deaths, thus the dinner party becomes a last supper. This duality, the contrast of light and dark, is central to Hamilton Finlay's work.
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