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  • Provenance

    Baldwin Gallery, Aspen

  • Literature

    N. Stangos, ed., David Hockney, Paper Pools, London, 1980, pp. 32-37 (illustrated, with detail illustrations on front and back cover); K. E. Tyler, Tyler Graphics: Catalogue Raisonné, 1974-1985, Minneapolis, 1987, p.103, no. 231DH (another variation illustrated)  

  • Catalogue Essay

    The idea of painting moving water in a very slow and careful manner was (and still is) very appealing to me. In the swimming pool pictures, I had become interested in the more general problem of painting the water, finding a way to do it. It is an interesting formal problem; it is an interesting formal problem to represent water, to describe water, because it can be anything – it can be any color, it’s movable, it has no set visual description.
    D. Hockney, Pictures by David Hockney, New York, 1979

  • 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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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
$350,000 - 450,000 

Sold for $433,000

Contemporary Art Part II

16 May 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York