Roger Hilton: The Figured Language of Thought

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A major study of an influential British painter whose work is often marked by humor and eroticism.

In the history of postwar painting, Roger Hilton (1911-1975) holds a special position as one of the pioneers of British abstract art. By the early 1960s he had gained international recognition and was chosen to represent the country at the 1964 Venice Biennale. However, despite being much admired as a painter, Hilton's reputation was marred by ...
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Overview

A major study of an influential British painter whose work is often marked by humor and eroticism.

In the history of postwar painting, Roger Hilton (1911-1975) holds a special position as one of the pioneers of British abstract art. By the early 1960s he had gained international recognition and was chosen to represent the country at the 1964 Venice Biennale. However, despite being much admired as a painter, Hilton's reputation was marred by bohemian excess and rudeness fueled by alcohol, an addiction that would eventually lead to his early death.

Hilton's distinctive style began to emerge in the 1940s, and from the mid-1950s he adopted a style that he described as "semi-figurative expressionism." Eventually, by the mid-1960s, he alternated between figurative subjects, often depicting female nudes, and purely abstract works. His interest in the nude is especially evident in drawings, and several thousand works on paper survive, ranging from early sketchbooks to individual sheets from his final years when his ability to work was restricted due to ill health. After his second marriage in 1965, Hilton moved permanently to Cornwall, with only occasional visits to London for medical treatment or to attend exhibitions such as the major retrospective held at the Serpentine Gallery in 1974.

This story of Hilton's life and career is enlivened by anecdotes recalling the vicissitudes of his personal relationships with other artists, and is supported by the personal memories of his widow, Rose. Illustrated with works from all stages in Hilton's career, the book provides a visually stunning reminder of the range of his output. 230 illustrations, 170 in color.
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Roger Hilton is today considered one of Britain's pioneer abstract artists, though he was thought a controversial figure in the art world in his day. In Part 1, Lambirth (art critic, the Spectator; Maggi Hambling: The Works) traces Hilton's life in London from 1911 to 1955: his early family life, his student years in Paris, and his time in military service. In Part 2, he discusses Hilton's life and work in Cornwall through his death in 1975. Early on, Hilton developed a defined style, which by the 1950s had become what he called "semi-figurative expressionism." By the 1960s, his work was more widely known, and he was recognized as a major artistic figure. Lambirth examines Hilton's odd personal life and his growing dependence on alcohol. The volume is rich in illustrations (230, most in color) of Hilton's quality work from all stages of his career that clearly demonstrate the evolution of his style. Though carefully researched and easy to read, the work would have benefited from citations indicating the sources of Lambirth's quotations and other information; also, the index is much too short to be of any real use. Nevertheless, this is an important study of a leading British artist that belongs in every art library.
—Martin Chasin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500093344
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 7/2/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Lambirth is the art critic for The Spectator and the author of many books, including Ken Kiff.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
London (1911-55)     17
The Family Context (1911-29)     19
A Student in London and Paris (1929-39)     27
The War Years (1940-45)     49
Sowing the Seeds (1945-55)     55
Cornwall (1956-75)     105
'The Appalling Unrest of the Soul' (1956-60)     111
Tasteful or Turbulent? First Waddington show and John Moores Exhibition (1960-65)     139
Fruits of Success (1965-72)     203
Final Flowering: to the Close (1972-75)     231
Conclusion: 'A Careful Disorderliness'     275
List of exhibitions     285
Select Bibliography     286
Sources of illustrations     287
Index     287
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