David Hockney, ‘Figure by a Curtain’, 1964, Christie's

Signed and dated in pencil, numbered 71/75 (there were also 16 artist's proofs), published by Editions Alecto, London, with their blindstamp, 1965, the full sheet, a deckle edge at left and right, in very good condition, framed

Image & Sheet 500 x 652 mm.

From the Catalogue:
Figure by a Curtain is based on the painting Play within a Play from 1963. 'The figure is a portrait of John Kasmin [Hockney's dealer]. Kas had always wanted me to paint him but I never got round to it as I couldn't really decide how to do it. Now it seemed appropriate to trap him in this small space between art and life'. Hockney was inspired by Domenichino's painting Apollo Killing Cyclops in the National Gallery, London, in which a dwarf is depicted standing before a tapestry depicting the mythological scene of the painting's title. 'It wasn't the subject matter from Greek mythology that interested me, but the fact that they really seemed like trompe l'oeil painting. They were paintings made to look like tapestries made from paintings, already a double level of reality'. The effect of Kasmin's nose and hands pressed up against the real glass of the glazed picture is suggested in the print with areas of screenprinted opaque white, which appear flat on an otherwise lithographic surface. (David Hockney by David Hockney, Thames & Hudson, London, 1976, p. 90).
—Courtesy of Christie's

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About David Hockney

A pioneer of the British Pop Art movement in the early 1960s alongside Richard Hamilton, David Hockney gained recognition for his semi-abstract paintings on the theme of homosexual love before it was decriminalized in England in 1967. In We Two Boys Clinging Together (1961), red-painted couples embrace one other while floating amidst fragments from a Walt Whitman poem. After moving to California at the end of 1963, Hockney began painting scenes of the sensual and uninhibited life of athletic young men, depicting swimming pools, palm trees, and perpetual sunshine. Experimenting with photography in the mid-1970s, Hockney went on to create his famous photocollages with Polaroids and snapshot prints arranged in a grid formation, pushing the two-dimensionality of photography to the limit, fragmenting the monocular vision of the camera and activating the viewer in the process. A versatile artist, Hockney has produced work in almost every medium—including full-scale opera set designs, prints, and drawings using cutting-edge technology such as fax machines, laser photocopiers, computers, and even iPhones and iPads.

British, b. 1937, Bradford, United Kingdom, based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom