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Bed by Howard Hodgkin

by Howard Hodgkin

Available at Bernard Jacobson Gallery (IFPDA)




Edition Size: 50

Sheet Size: 20.6 x 31 cm


Condition: Pristine

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1973/74 – 1978

Aquatint from two copper plates printed in black, red, and orange, with hand colouring in orange gouache. On cream Velin Arches mould-made paper

Signed with initials in pencil and numbered, lower centre

Published by Petersburg Press

‘Interior (Day)’ and ‘Interior (Night)’ were torn down after publication. Their borders, signature, numbering and date were torn off. Fifty copies of each print were hand coloured, signed, numbered and dated again, and these were ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Bed’, respectively.

Exhibitions: ‘Howard Hodgkin | Recollections’, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, 21 April – 14 May 2022

Literature: Lenore Miller, Howard Hodgkin Prints: Vision and Collaboration, Dimock Gallery, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1994 (n.p.); Liesbeth Heenk and Nan Rosenthal, Howard Hodgkin Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003, no. 45, p. 179


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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