Hamlet's Mother (Pause Before a Dance)
Acrylic painting by Andrew Bill


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 29.92 × 20.08 × 1.57 in / 29.92 × 20.08 in (actual image size)
  • Signed on the front

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Andrew Bill

United Kingdom

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Stencil acrylic art piece - the subject paints one story of an exotic dancer but the title tells another much richer story, that of Hamlets Mother (albeit a modern day interpretation):

Heaven and earth,
Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on, and yet, within a month—
Let me not think on't—Frailty, thy name is woman!—

Hamlet, in his first soliloquy, recalls tender scenes between his mother, Queen Gertrude, and her deceased husband. What irks Hamlet is that, after his mother had seemed so sexually dependent on the old king, she could turn around within a month of his death and marry her brother-in-law Claudius, who, Hamlet claims, is "no more like my father/ Than I to Hercules"

Materials used:

Acrylic, stencil, box canvas, varnish

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