Howard Hodgkin - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips

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    Howard Hodgkin

    British • 1932 - 2017

    One of the greatest colorists of his generation, Howard Hodgkin explores the very nature of painting as both cultured language and sheer expression. He disregards the classical polarities of abstraction and representation, past and present, canvas and frame, using gestural brushstrokes and a vivid palette to emphasize the picture plane, while simultaneously seeking to convey memories and emotions.

    The seemingly casual, urgent quality of his paintings and prints belies a drawn-out process of making: it could take a year for Hodgkin to prepare to execute a single brushstroke. The resultant maximalist, saturated works on canvas, paper, wood and board can be intimately scaled and jewel-like, or oversized, opulent and theatrical. Whilst his early compositions have a collaged, geometric flatness, Hodgkin's later work (including etching and aquatint prints) increasingly incorporated more lush surface textures and complex, fluid patterns reminiscent of the Pahari miniatures from India, of which he was an avid collector.

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For Bernard Jacobson (H. 38)

Lithograph in colors with hand-coloring in black gouache, pochoir in colors and yellow wax crayon, on two sheets of cream Arches paper dyed blackish-purple before printing (as issued), the full sheets.
S. 41 3/8 x 59 1/8 in. (105.1 x 150.2 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 62/80 in pencil on each sheet (there were also 15 artist's proofs), published by Bernard Jacobson Ltd., London, 1979, framed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023