Richard Hamilton: The Late Works
10 Oct 2012 – 13 Jan 2013
Prior to his death, Richard Hamilton was planning an exhibition for the National Gallery. One year later, works by the artist inspired by figures from Balzac to Duchamp are on display in the gallery's Sunley Room.
This highly personal exhibition by one of Britain’s most influential artists traces an intriguing path leading to his unfinished and unseen final work, Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu – a painting in three parts.
Up until his death at 89, Richard Hamilton (1922-2011) was planning this major exhibition of recent works conceived specifically for the National Gallery and including work never before seen by the public. The exhibition as a whole encapsulates many of the significant directions Hamilton’s art had taken over recent decades, when his international reputation soared.