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Metropolitan Opera (Parade) by David Hockney

Petersburg Press

Offset Lithograph


Edition Size: Unknown

Sheet Size: 38 x 24 inches


Condition: Good

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Original poster printed on the occasion of the Metropolitan Opera’s 1981 production of Parade, a triple-bill of short French pieces directed by John Dexter, for which David Hockney designed sets and costumes. The pieces included Satie’s ”Parade,” Poulenc’s ”Les Mamelles de Tiresias” and Ravel’s ”L’Enfant et les Sortileges.” This work captures Hockney’s inventive poster-art set for Parade. Here, one of the tumblers stands on his hands behind a striped ladder. The whimsy of this scene is enhanced by rainbow-colored, hand-painted text.

Erik Satie’s “Parade” originally debuted in Paris in 1912, written by Jean Cocteau, and with costumes by Pablo Picasso. Featuring a troupe of carnival performers, it was panned for its avant-garde use of sound effects, bizarre costumes, and surreal plot.

Text reads: “Parade, Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1981”

Poster measures 38 x 24 in. / 96.5 x 61 cm

Condition: some dimples in the sheet 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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