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Galerie Kammer 1981 (Celia in a Black Dress and Red Stockings 1973) by David Hockney

Petersburg Press

Offset Lithograph


Edition Size: Unknown

Sheet Size: 35.5 x 25.25 inches


Condition: Good

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Printed for Galerie Kammer’s 1981 David Hockney exhibition “Drawings and Prints”, this beautiful poster reproduces Hockney’s drawing Celia in a Black Dress and Red Stockings 1973. Fashion and textile designer Celia Birtwell is sitting, curled up on a green chair, staring dreamily ahead. She is wearing a knee-length dress, red stockings, strappy sandals, and sporting her usual spray of wavy hair. She wears a hint of purple eyeshadow, and at the hem of her dress is a colorful pattern—perhaps of her own design. With hands in her lap, she is frozen in a moment of introspective leisure. Shaded in vibrant scarlet red, yellow, green, and blue, Hockney’s subject achieves a pastel luminescence.

Text reads: David Hockney Zeichnungen Und Grafik Galerie Kammer Böhmersweg 9 Hamburg 13 45 94 27 Oktober-November 1981
Poster measures 35.5 x 25.25 in.

Hockney has been an avid portraitist throughout his career, drawing and painting subjects ranging from his mother and Celia Birtwell, his muse over many decades, to art dealer Larry Gagosian and artist John Baldessari. He often depicted his models seated relaxed in a chair, as is seen here.

Condition: Light aging of the paper tone, minor discoloration, lower left corner creased as documented.


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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