David Hockney - A Picture of Ourselves
A Picture of Ourselves
David Hockney (born1937-)
Etching & Aquatint
Edition 200 + 35 proofs - this print 126/200
Plate size - 35.6 x 42.5 cms
Sheet Size - 45.5 x 52.4 cms
Paper - Inveresk mould made paper
Signed & numbered by the artist in pencil
Printed by Richard Spare at Petersburg Studios, NYC
Published by Petersburg Press Ltd. in October 1977
Condition - Very Good Condition
Note - Inspired by Wallace Stevens’s “The Man with the Blue Guitar” (1937), with its themes of representation and imaginative transformation, Hockney made 10 drawings in coloured inks and crayons. With the aid of master printer Aldo Crommelynck those drawings were converted into 20 mixed intaglio prints using a colour-etching process initially developed for Pablo Picasso.
While not a literal illustration of Stevens’s poem, the print series The Blue Guitar interprets its themes in visual terms, and most of the images show Hockney’s love of Picasso. The print Old Guitarist juxtaposes the Art Institute’s famous painting of 1903–04 (1926.253) with later Picasso iconography. Other sheets likewise contrast Picasso’s different phases within the same image; throughout the series, Hockney distinguishes the disparate styles by using different colours.
It is perhaps Hockney’s Blue Guitar that has perpetuated the idea that Wallace Stevens was similarly inspired by Picasso’s Old Guitarist. Although Stevens was familiar with modern art and no doubt saw the painting when it was exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1934, he insisted that no one picture inspired his famous poem.
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