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Soft-ground etching with hand coloring in a yellow watercolor wash and green gouache on Stoneridge mould-made etching paper. Signed by the artist with initials, dated 1980, and numbered lower center in red crayon.
This print is part of a group of soft-ground etchings (Artist and Model, Artist and Model (in green and yellow), These…Plants). The two versions of Artist and Model are printed from the same plates, but in different colors. In this iteration, vibrant green watercolor contrasts beautifully with marigold orange, crimson, and terra cotta red. Seen in all three prints is a bust in silhouette before a window. Artist and Model is a surprising name, as Hodgkin never painted or drew from a model.
Howard Hodgkin was introduced to the etching technique used in Artist and Model (in green and yellow) 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.