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Hodgkin has cited the years he spent in New York as a refugee from wartime London as key to his development as a painter. It was there that he first saw works by European masters such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky, but also came under the influence of American artists, later to be cemented by his visit to the seminal exhibition 'The New American Painting' at the Tate Gallery in 1959. In contrast to his contemporaries associated with Pop Art, Hodgkin's work in the 1960s dealt with intimate, personal subjects, leading him to call himself "a representational painter, but not a painter of appearances. I paint pictures of emotional situations." In this painting of the interior of Colin St John Wilson's house in Cambridge, Hodgkin has included himself, half-obscured by a vertical black pillar, almost to give a sense of scale as in an architect's drawing.
oil on wood
H 124.5 x W 145 cm
on loan from Colin St John Wilson, since 2004