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Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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Howard Hodgkin
1932 - 2017
IN THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
printed by Petersburg Studios, published by Petersburg Press, New York, on BFK Rives mould-made paper and Hodgkinson hand-made paper
each signed and dated Hodgkin 79 in red crayon (lower centre); inscribed AP (lower centre)
the complete set, comprising four etchings, two with hand-colouring by Ken Farley and John Hutcheson
each sheet: approx. 75.5 by 100cm., 29 3/4 by 39 3/8 in.
Executed in 1979, the present works are Artist's proofs (aside from the edition of 100).
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Literature

Liesbeth Heenk, Howard Hodgkin Prints, London, 2003, nos. 50-53

Catalogue Note

Hodgkin used two plates to create this set of four etchings. During the process, the artist used the imprint of his hand to make the marks. The result is some of the most graphic and figurative prints in the entire of Hodgkin’s oeuvre.

These prints are also some of the finest examples of the artist’s monochromatic works. Hodgkin often preferred his monochrome prints as he felt the result was closer to what he originally envisioned when working with the plates.

As a young boy, Hodgkin explored exhibitions by Matisse and Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art when he was evacuated to Long Island during World War II. This series of soft-ground etchings sees the artist return to the museum, to spend an afternoon, alone.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London