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  • Provenance

    The Artist
    André Emmerich Gallery, New York
    Robin Quist Gates, California (acquired from the above in April 1985)
    Thence by descent from the above to the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Riverside Studios, David Hockney: Paintings and Drawings for "Parade," a French Triple Bill for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, May 5–June 7, 1981, no. 57
    Minneapolis, Walker Art Center; Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; The Fort Worth Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art, Hockney Paints the Stage, November 20, 1983–May 26, 1985; then traveled as Mexico City, Museo Tamayo, El gran teatro de David Hockney, February 19–April 15, 1984

  • 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 Collection of Robin Quist Gates


Frogs in the Garden

signed with artist's initials "D.H." lower right
gouache on paper
14 x 17 in. (35.6 x 43.2 cm)
Executed in 1980.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $252,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021