I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
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Richard Hamilton

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, 1969


Dimensions
35.5 x 53.5 cm
Physical Description
Dye transfer print, retouched
Inventory Number
LG 120 D
Acquisition
On permanent loan from a private collection Frankfurt since 2014
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

Richard Hamilton chose a famous film scene as the subject of this work. 'White Christmas', with music by Irving Berlin, was the most popular feature film in America in 1954. And yet Hamilton's reference is not an exact repetition of the cinema hit but an adaptation of it, in which he reproduces the subject as a screen print in the inverted colours of a colour negative. Hamilton examined this scene in numerous variations over a period of several years and rendered it using different techniques and colour variations. The elevation of a popular medium, film, to art was one of the abiding themes of the British artist, who is regarded as having established Pop Art in Britain.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas (Original Title)
Artist
Edition
Ed. 3/6
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Dye transfer print, retouched

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Dauerleihgabe aus Privatsammlung Frankfurt.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst 2021 Bonn
Acquisition
On permanent loan from a private collection Frankfurt since 2014

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Illustrated Passage
  • Michael Curtiz: White Christmas, Film, 1954, USA
Medial Picture Elements
  • Michael Curtiz: White Christmas, Film, 1954, USA
Associated Source
  • Mark Sandrich: Holiday Inn, Film, 1942, USA

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Last update

25.11.2021