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Soft-ground etching on yellowish grey Hodgkinson hand made paper. Signed by the artist, dated 70, and numbered lower center in red crayon. Printed from the same plates as All Alone in the Museum of Modern Art. While All Alone features dark pools of hand coloring, the lighter image field of Thinking Aloud reveals how Hodgkin used his entire hand to create lines and textures.
This print depicts an abstracted scene, perhaps a window and a door, in Hodgkin’s signature painterly style. The expressive brush marks and fingerprints in this print are an example of the artist’s movement in the late 70s towards pronounced gestures.
Howard Hodgkin was introduced to the etching technique used in Thinking Aloud in the Museum of Modern Art 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.
Part of a series of four prints set in the Museum of Modern Art, New York (Late Afternoon, Early Evening, Thinking Aloud, and All Alone in the Museum of Modern Art). At earlier stages, these four prints were called by other titles: ‘Alone in the Museum of Modern Art’, ‘Not Quite Alone in the Museum of Modern Art’, “Inside the Museum of Modern Art’, ‘Talking about Modern Art’, and ‘Shadows in the Museum of Modern Art.’
Copies of this print are in the collections of Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.