Study for the Birthday Party

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  • Provenance

    Family Collection of Vera List, New York
    Mr. Joshua Mack, New York (acquired from the above thence by descent)
    Private Collection, New York (acquired in 1987)

  • Artist Bio

    Howard Hodgkin

    British • 1932 - 2017

    One of the greatest colorists of his generation, Howard Hodgkin explores the very nature of painting as both cultured language and sheer expression. He disregards the classical polarities of abstraction and representation, past and present, canvas and frame, using gestural brushstrokes and a vivid palette to emphasize the picture plane, while simultaneously seeking to convey memories and emotions.

    The seemingly casual, urgent quality of his paintings and prints belies a drawn-out process of making: it could take a year for Hodgkin to prepare to execute a single brushstroke. The resultant maximalist, saturated works on canvas, paper, wood and board can be intimately scaled and jewel-like, or oversized, opulent and theatrical. Whilst his early compositions have a collaged, geometric flatness, Hodgkin's later work (including etching and aquatint prints) increasingly incorporated more lush surface textures and complex, fluid patterns reminiscent of the Paturi miniatures from India, of which he was an avid collector.

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Study for the Birthday Party

signed, titled and dated 'Howard Hodgkin "Study for the Birthday Party" 1977' on the reverse
gouache on paper, in artist's frame
sheet 21 x 29.5 cm (8 1/4 x 11 5/8 in.)
frame 28.6 x 36.8 cm (11 1/4 x 14 1/2 in.)

Executed in 1977.

Estimate
£12,000 - 18,000 ‡ ♠

sold for £22,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 9 March 2018