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    Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 94, 103, and 105
    Scottish Arts Council 97, 106, and 108

  • 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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Cold Water about to Hit the Prince; Pleading for the Child; and He Tore Himself in Two, plates 28, 37 and 39 from, Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Three etchings, two with aquatint, on Hodgkinson handmade wove paper watermarked 'DH / PP', with full margins.
all I. various sizes
all S. approx. 62 x 45.3 cm (24 3/8 x 17 7/8 in.)

Each signed and numbered 67/100, 24/100 and 58/100 respectively in pencil on the front and inscribed 'Grimm Portfolio' or 'GP' in sepia ink (faded) on the reverse (there were also fifteen artist's proofs and a total book edition of 460 copies), co-published by Petersburg Press, New York and Kasmin Gallery, London, one framed.

£1,500 - 2,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £3,000

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London Auction 25 January 2018