Howard Hodgkin - Evening & Day Editions London Thursday, September 21, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    The artist
    Private Collection, London (gift from the artist in 1980)

  • Literature

    Liesbeth Heenk 38

  • Artist Biography

    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 colours with hand-colouring in black gouache, pochoir in colours and yellow wax crayon, on two sheets of cream Arches mould-made paper dyed blackish-purple before printing (as issued), the full sheets.
overall S. 105.9 x 150.1 cm (41 3/4 x 59 1/8 in.)
Annotated 'AP' and dedicated 'much love from a grateful patient' in pencil, an unsigned impression (one of 15 artist's proofs, the edition was 80), published by Bernard Jacobson Ltd., London, 1979, framed.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £6,350

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 - 22 September 2023