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  • Literature

    Scottish Arts Council 70-108
    Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 67-105

  • Catalogue Essay

    The loose prints include:
    The Princess in Her Tower, 2
    The Enchantress with the Baby Rapunzel, 14
    The Sexton Disguised as a Ghost Stood Still as Stone, 21
    The Haunted Castle, 23
    A Black Cat Leaping, 25
    The Glass Mountain, 29

  • 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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Illustrations for Six Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm (S.A.C. 70-108; M.C.A.T. 67-105)

The complete set of 45 etchings, including 39 bound and six loose (as issued), on Hodgkinson handmade paper watermarked 'DH / PP', the full sheets and with full margins, all contained in the original dark blue leather-bound book and folder, within the matching slipcase.
all I. various sizes
all S. approx. 45 x 31 cm (17 3/4 x 12 1/4 in.)
slipcase 47.7 x 32.4 x 4.7 cm (18 3/4 x 12 3/4 x 1 7/8 in.)

The book signed and numbered 'Ed. D. 1/100' in pencil on the justification (one of four editions annotated 'A-D', there were also 15 artist's proofs), the six loose etchings all signed in pencil on the front, and titled and numbered in black ink on the reverse, published by Petersburg Press, London in association with Kasmin Gallery, New York, 1970, the six loose prints unframed.

£7,000 - 10,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £16,380

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 January 2021