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National Gallery (The Artist’s Eye) by David Hockney

National Gallery (The Artist’s Eye) by David Hockney

Petersburg Press

Offset Lithograph


Edition Size: Unknown

Sheet Size: 30x20 inches


Condition: Good

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Original exhibition poster produced on the occasion of David Hockney’s 1981 exhibit for the series The Artist’s Eye at the National Gallery. As Hockney’s contribution, he mimicked Pictures on a Screen, his 1977 painting of famed curator Henry Geldzahler. Pictures on a Screen shows Geldzahler looking at printouts of various artworks by Vermeer, Van Gogh, Degas, and Pierro della Francesca, pinned to a folding screen. According to the David Hockney Foundation, “The scenario invites viewers to consider what differences might exist between versions, and to embrace the ease of distribution that mechanical reproduction enables.” Elegantly lit from behind, with one foot forward in contrapposto and a hand tucked behind his dapper grey blazer, Hockney looks straight out of a painting.

Text reads: “The artist’s eye, Admission free, David Hockney, Looking at Pictures on a Screen at the National Gallery, 1 July-31 August 1981.”


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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