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  • Provenance


    Baldwin Gallery, Aspen; Private collection, Europe

  • Literature

    N. Stangos, ed., David Hockney, Paper Pools, London, 1980, pp. 32-37 (another variation illustrated); K. E. Tyler, Tyler Graphics: Catalogue Raisonné, 1974-1985, Minneapolis, 1987, p.163, no. 239DH4 (another variation illustrated).

  • Catalogue Essay


    “If there is one image that more than any other is conventionally associated with David Hockney’s art, it is the image of the swimming pool. There are many reasons for this. He has painted, drawn, photographed or made prints containing images of swimming pools from the mid 1960s to the present day. His rise to public prominence more than twenty years ago was coincident with the first appearance of this image in his work. As an expatriate living principally in Los Angeles, he is easily associated with the commonplace clichés of that sunny clime, the swimming pool among them” (C. Knight, “Composite Views: Themes and Motifs in Hockney’s Art”, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, David Hockney: A Retrospective, 1988, Los Angeles, p. 23)

  • Artist Biography

    David Hockney

    British • 1937

    With a career stretching from the early 1960s to the present, David Hockney is perhaps best known for his bright, cheerful works depicting pools and other everyday scenes from his life in southern California. Originally from West Yorkshire, England, Hockney studied at the Royal College of Art in London before spending decades on both sides of the Atlantic. The artist got his start as part of the British Pop movement, though he’s also cited Modern masters like Picasso and Matisse as major influences on his unique style. 

    Having worked in mediums such as painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and more, Hockney is among the most versatile artists of his time. Drawing on his lived experience, Hockney imparts obvious references to same-sex love and companionship in his work, a motif that began even before Britain decriminalized homosexuality in 1967. His work in present in the collections of institutions such as MoMA, the Pompidou and the Tate, which granted him a blockbuster career retrospective in 2017. At present, Hockney is one of the most expensive living artists to be sold at auction. 

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Property from the Halsey Minor Collection

206

Gregory in the Pool 1 (Paper Pool 4)

1978

Hand-colored pressed paper pulp.

32 1/4 x 50 1/4 in. (81.9 x 127.6 cm).
Initialed and dated “D.H. 78.” lower right; signed “David Hockney” and numbered and lettered “4-N” on the reverse.

Estimate
$250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for $218,500

Contemporary Art Part II

14 May 2010
New York