This uninhibited dancer silhouetted against the sun and bright blue sky was inspired by the wife of the St Ives-based painter Roger Hilton. The painting was prompted by a rum-fuelled argument between the couple, which took place on the balcony of their holiday home in an isolated French village in 1962. Dancing vigorously with rage outside their house, naked, and shouting ‘Oi, Yoi, Yoi', Rose Hilton failed to notice the local firemen and others putting out a fire in a nearby field. The voluptuous vision which captured their attention made an equally big impact on the artist, who made two versions of the picture.
- Glossary (4 terms)
Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.
A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.
A distinctive element in a work of art or design.
Slade School of Fine Art
Part of University College, London, this art college was founded in 1871 with funds from the art collector Felix Slade. Notable students include Augustus and Gwen John, Percy Wyndham Lewis, Stanley Spencer and Ben Nicholson.
- Credits Purchased 1981
- Medium Oil and black chalk on canvas
- Size 152.50 x 127.00 cm (framed: 157.50 x 132.10 x 6.40 cm)
- © Estate of Roger Hilton 2004. All Rights Reserved, DACS