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Hers Is a Lush Situation

© estate of Richard Hamilton. All rights reserved, DACS 2019. Photo credit: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

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The review of a 1957 Buick in 'Industrial Design' ended with the line, "The driver sits at the dead calm centre of all this motion; hers is a lush situation." In this painting Hamilton explored the 'rhetoric of persuasion' written into car design, advertising and marketing, particularly the erotic play of idea and image between girls and machines. The synthesis of imagery and thematic motifs - Sophia Loren's collaged lips (a reference to the 'her' of the title), the United Nations building in New York (which, collaged, doubles as a windscreen) and the machine forms - was inspired by Marcel Duchamp's 'Green Box'.

Pallant House Gallery





oil, cellulose, metal foil & collage on panel


H 81 x W 122 cm

Accession number

CHCPH 1281

Acquisition method

gift from Colin St John Wilson through the National Art Collections Fund, 2004

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Pallant House Gallery

9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ England

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