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Henry ’73 (Framed) by David Hockney

Petersburg Press



Edition Size: 50

Sheet Size: 16 x 12 inches

Reference: David Hockney Prints 1954-77, The Scottish Arts Council and Midland Group in association with Petersburg Press, 1979, no. 145


Condition: Excellent

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Lithograph on Goodman buff handmade paper 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.), mounted with a double depth cream mat in maple frame (27. x 23 x 1.5 in. / 71.3 x 58.4 x 3.5 cm.). Signed by the artist and dated 73 lower right in blue pencil. Numbered 32/50 lower left in blue pencil.

This portrait depicts Henry Geldzahler, famed curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Hockney and Geldzahler met at Andy Warhol’s Factory in 1963, and would become fast friends, travelling together throughout Europe. It was Geldzahler who organized New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970  at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a landmark exhibition in Hockney’s career.

The curator was close to many New York artists – his circle included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, and other influential figures in the art world. Geldzahler even appeared as himself in the 1973 Hockney biopic A Bigger Splash.

Here, Geldzahler is portrayed at a three-quarter view, appearing pensive. The austerity of his pose is softened by the thin scarf tied jauntily around his neck. Hockney allowed loose washes of color to pool and drip, then worked into the image, defining Geldzahler’s beard and glasses with precise lines.

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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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