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Title: Celia with Green Hat
Medium: Original Lithograph, in 13 colours: colours, 1984 , on HMP handmade paper, signed and dated by the artist in pencil, the full sheet, with publishers blindstamp.
Size: Image & Sheet 760 x 560mm, 30” x 22” Inches
Note: This is from the “Moving Focus” series and is a portrait of Hockneys friend, Celia Birtwell. David was a fan of Celia’s designs, and revelled in her company, saying: “She’s playful, funny. When I first met her, I was attracted to the fact that she could make me laugh, and that’s a very big appeal to me.” He loved portraying the charismatic lady, and she is the subject of 30 of his prints, a quarter of all his print portraits. Knowing her well was a key to his portraiture. With her husband Ossie Clark she was at the top of the fashion industry in London in the ‘Swinging Sixties’. Clark designed clothes using Birtwell’s textile designs, and sold them from the shop “Quorum” in Chelsea’s King’s Road. The couple are most famously represented in Hockney’s large double portrait Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-1 (Tate Gallery T01269). The Moving Focus series, it is a summation of Hockney’s obsession with space—the depiction of space, the use of reverse perspective, the experience of being within a space, and exploring multipoint perspective. In this series the artist drew from lessons learned from his study of Cubism, and his own set designs for opera. Hockney made a series of 29 prints in colour lithography consisting of interior views and chairs, views of a Mexican hotel, and portraits, including this collaged portrait of Celia Birtwell. By the mid-1980s, Hockney was moving away from naturalism drawing inspiration from early modern artists in his use of brighter colours and looser modelling.
References: Tokyo Museum : “David Hockney Prints 1954 – 1995” Number 268
David Hockney: A Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles 1988
David Hockney Foundation: https://thedavidhockneyfoundation.org/artwork/1680
Public Collections: Tate Gallery, London, Reference: P20110 – https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hockney-celia-with-green-hat-p20110
Published by: Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York
Edition: 1/98 – There were also 30 Artists proofs.
Provenance: Kenneth E. Tyler (b. 1931); his sale, Sotheby’s, New York, 5 June 2000, lot 1064. Tyler himself is depicted by Hockney in his print entitled “The Masterprinter of Los Angeles” This piece, coming as it does from Tylers personal collection, is numbered 1/98 – a choice you would expect to be made by the printer for his personal collection.
Condition: In very good condition,