dated June '68
pen on paper
Sheet: 11 by 13⅞ in. (27.9 by 35.4 cm.)
Framed: 18¼ by 21⅛ in. (46.4 by 55.5 cm.)
This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged along the upper corner of the reverse to the backing board. There is a slight undulation to the sheet, due to the artist's chosen media. There are some faint scattered artist handling marks, visible upon close inspection. Framed under glass.
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Gallery Yves Arman, New York
Christie's New York, 2 November 1984, Lot 198
Private Collection, New York (acquired at the above sale)
“But if that early self portrait is unusual in its hesitancy, it may provide a clue to the passion that has been at the core of Hockney’s success: that to understand that world he needed to understand himself and those closest to him – family, friends and lovers. And his way to achieve this has been through portraiture. Portraits are not only central to his investigation of the world, they have also been a crucial part of his many creative endeavors, including in the spheres of perspective, colour theory and aesthetics.”
(Howgate & Shapiro, David Hockey Portraits, New Haven 2006, p. 7)