After Lunch was one of Caulfield's earliest works to combine different styles of representation. What appears to be a photomural of the Château de Chillon hanging in a restaurant is depicted with high-focus realism, contrasting with the cartoon-like black-outlined imagery and fields of saturated colour of its surroundings.
248.9 x 213.4 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Date of work
Original: Acrylic on canvas 248.9 x 213.4 cm ® Patrick Caulfield 2005. All Rights Reserved, DACS
English painter and printmaker, Patrick Caulfield studied at Chelsea School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, one year below the students identified as originators of Pop art. In the early 1960s Caulfield's painting was characterised by flat images of objects against unmodulated areas of colour. Gradually his attention shifted to architectural elements. During the 1980s he again turned to a more stripped-down aesthetic, particularly in large paintings with a vivid sense of place.