David Hockney, ‘Gene Baro (diptych)’, 1966, Doyle
David Hockney, ‘Gene Baro (diptych)’, 1966, Doyle

(45.08 x 26.03 cm)

Condition: Hinged at upper left and upper right, verso with brown paper tape. The two sheets are glued together along lower edge of top sheet. The collage element at figure's head is torn from the upper left corner of the lower sheet. The paper has handling marks at center left, center right and along top edge. A 1/8th inch stain at upper right.

Signature: Signed by David Hockney, inscribed Gene Baro and dated March 1966 (lr)

David Hockney Exhibition,1970, The British Council, traveling exhibition with venues in Hanover, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Belrgade. cat no. D.22

Gift of the artist to Gene Baro Private collection
Thence by descent to the current owner

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