Howard Hodgkin, ‘As You’d Been Wont – Wantonly Wantonly Eros Past’, 1991, michael lisi / contemporary art

An original lift-ground etching with hand-coloring, As You’d Been Wont… is one of a series of original prints created by Howard Hodgkin in 1990 to accompany The Way We Live Now, published as a short story written by Susan Sontag in 1986. This gem of an artwork measures 11 11/16 x 16 15/16 in. (29.7 x 43 cm), unframed, is initialed by the artist in pencil, and is dated and numbered, from the edition of 50. It is designated as H.217 in the artist’s catalogue raisonne.

About Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin became a prominent figure in British art in the 1970s for painting on wooden supports such as drawing boards and door frames instead of canvas. Using broad, gestural brushstrokes and a vivid palette of contrasting colors that emphasized the rectangular picture plane, Hodgkin defined painting as an object. While his early compositions have a collaged geometric flatness, Hodgkin’s later work, including etchings and aquatint prints, has increasingly incorporated more complex fluid patterning, reminiscent of Henri Matisse’s The Morrocans (1916), Édouard Vuillard’s interiors, and Paturi miniatures from India, of which he was an avid collector.

British, b. 1932, London, United Kingdom