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© Howard Hodgkin

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Memories 1997 - 1999

Not on display

Like most of Hodgkin's work, this painting refers to a particular place and to memories of a specific moment. Hodgkin paints from memory, often working on a picture over the course of several years. His sweeping brushstrokes are expressive, almost violent. Although the painting is abstract, there is a dark, cave-like area in the middle of the painting, towards which the 'figures' in red paint appear to be leaning. This gives the appearance of depth. Hodgkin often paints the frame, as is the case with this picture, making the painting like an object in itself.

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Abstract art

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.


Any act of representation in words, images, music or other means, particularly the representation of emotions or feelings in a lively manner.

Abstract art, Expression


  • Acc. No. GMA 4761
  • Medium Oil on wood
  • Size 119.00 x 175.70 cm
  • Credit Purchased 2005