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© Howard Hodgkin. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Howard Hodgkin studied at the Camberwell School of Art (1949) and the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham (1950–1954). He went on to teach at Bath Academy of Art from 1955 to 1966.

What does this picture mean? The title is the only clue Hodgkin gives us as to what inspired him. Instead he wants us to weave our own stories. Here the broad tonal range, from glowing orange to near black, perhaps suggests the mystery associated with the half light.

Silence looked completely different when it was first exhibited, in 1997. Hodgkin will work on a picture for years, building up layers of paint, thinking, criticising and radically reworking it. With this painting, unusually, Hodgkin exhibited it before its final reworking.

Victoria Art Gallery



1997 & 2004


oil on wood

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BATVG : P : 2008.2

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