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Cold water about to hit the prince by David Hockney

Cold water about to hit the prince by David Hockney

Wetpaint Gallery

Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: 100

Image Size: 39.3 x 27.9 cm

Sheet Size: 45.6 x 30.7 cm


Condition: Pristine

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‘Cold water about to hit the Prince’ 1969 from Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.

Etching and aquatint in black on Hodgkinson handmade paper.

When selecting from over 200 stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, Hockney was drawn to what he described as the ‘psychological strangeness’ of the tales. They allowed him to explore the relationships and motivations of the characters and presented the challenge of depicting the supernatural and surreal.

Hockney’s technical mastery of etching was already evident in his re-imagining of Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’, published in the early 1960s. The ‘Brothers Grimm’ suite shows a more refined approach to the medium, dispensing with colour and exploring the subtleties offered by intaglio techniques. Solid line and deep-biting aquatint give depth, with traditional cross-hatching and soft-ground plates providing texture and tone.

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The Artist

David Hockney

Born in Bradford England on the 9th July 1937 David Hockney was interested in art from a very early age, and was an admirer of Fragonard, Picasso and Matisse. The fifth of six children his parents encouraged his artistic experimentation. He went to the Bradford College of Art 1953-57. To fulfil his national service, he worked in hospitals as he was a conscientious objector to war. Then in 1959 he was accepted into the Royal College of Art, Graduate school in London.

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