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After Lunch by Howard Hodgkin

After Lunch by Howard Hodgkin

Petersburg Press

Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: 100

Sheet Size: 22.5 x 30 inches

Reference: Heenk 57


Condition: Pristine

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Signed by the artist with initials and dated 1980 lower center in red crayon; numbered 32/100 lower left in red crayon. Soft-ground etching and aquatint with hand-coloring in gouache, on buff Velin Arches mould-made paper, the full sheet. Published by Petersburg Press, 1980.

This print depicts a figure in front of a shuttered window, in Hodgkin’s signature painterly style. The expressive mark-making in this print is an example of the artist’s movement in the late 70s towards pronounced gestures. Beside bold black strokes, his fingerprints form areas of texture. Always seeking greater richness, Hodgkin layered ink and hand coloring in this print.

Howard Hodgkin was introduced to the etching technique used in After Lunch at Petersburg Press, where this print was produced, and where he would become a long-time collaborator. This technique allowed him to work fluidly and spontaneously, creating the moody interior scenes that mark Hodgkin’s work from the late 70s and early 80s.

Catalogue reference:
Elizabeth Knowles, Howard Hodgkin: Prints 1977 to 1983, Tate Gallery, London 1985, no. 2 illustrated.
Liesbeth Heenk, Howard Hodgkin Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné, Thames and Hudson, London 2003, no. 57 illustrated.

Copies of this etching are in the collections of MoMA, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; British Arts Council, London; and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge.


The Artist

Howard Hodgkin

British printmaker and painter Howard Hodgkin is most associated with the abstract style. Exhibiting his first works in 1962, he created continuously up to his death at age 84 in 2017. London-born Hodgkin studied at first Camberwell Art School and then the Bath Academy of Art. His first works used only a few colours and curved forms, though this evolved over time. Later pieces used brighter and bolder colours and forms and had a more immediate, spontaneous quality. His most famous work is a series of paintings of Venice, known as the ‘Venetian Views’. It shows the ancient watery city at various times of the day. ‘Venice Afternoon’ is seen as the exceptional work in the quartet. Its creation was achieved through a complex printing process which used many layers and an incredibly complex printing process to build up its colourful effect. It is now on display at the Yale Centre of British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, in the USA. Howard Hodgkin created an abstract screen print on paper called ‘Swimming’ for the London 2012 Olympics. He won premier art award the Turner Prize in 1985, was knighted in 1992 and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Oxford in 2000.

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