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David’s Pool at Night (David = David Hockney) by Howard Hodgkin

David’s Pool at Night (David = David Hockney) by Howard Hodgkin

Petersburg Press



Edition Size: 100

Sheet Size: 25 x 31 inches

Reference: Elizabeth Knowles, Howard Hodgkin: Prints 1977 to 1983, Tate Gallery, London 1985, no. 42, illustrated p. 36


Condition: Excellent

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Softground etching and aquatint (from one plate) with hand coloring in ink (black) on white Hahnemühle mould made paper. Signed by the artist with initials lower left, dated 85, and numbered 100/100 lower center in pencil. Hodgkin produced this work after a visit to David Hockney in Los Angeles.

Most Hodgkin works are abstract, but usually contain observational gestures: a room viewed from above becomes a grouping of soft shapes. Here, a palm tree is simplified into a curved chevron blended like charcoal, and the pool, filled with hazy scribbles, is neatly crenelated by saturated squares of pigment. Staccato daubs of ink recall a lawn, augmented by sweeping drybrush that frames the composition in pale grey.

David’s Pool at Night evinces the increase in emotional content and intensity in Hodgkin’s work after the late 1970s. His marks are more fluid and lush due to an increased looseness of handling. These later works show a richness and a surface texture previously lacking – mainly due to the application of gouache or watercolor by hand but also to the more tonal techniques of aquatint and soft-ground etching with chalk-like lines.


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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