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David Hockney Corpses On Fire , 1969

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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Print : etching

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    17.7 x 12.2 x 0.1 inch

  • Support

    Print on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 415 copies
    1 remaining copy

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Corpses On Fire is an original artwork realized in 1969 by the famous artist David Hockney.

    Black and white etching, drypoint and aquatint on wove paper. The artwork is glued on cardboard (49.5 x 36 cm).

    Hand-signed in pencil on lower right.

    Label provenance on the back (Galerie Blickensdorff, Berlin).

    The artwork is the plate n. 22 from ‘The Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear’ in Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm. From the edition of 400 plus 15 artist's proofs. The etching plates were hand-drawn by David Hockney in London between May and November 1969, proofed by Maurice Payne and printed by Piet Clement on W.S.Hodgkinson paper.

    David Hockney chose six from the 220 stories collected by the Brothers Grimm because he was intrigued by the psychological strangeness of the tales, the relationships and motivations of the characters.

    Literature: David Hockney - Paintings, Prints and Drawings 1960-1970, Ausst.-Kat. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London 1970, p.89, p.37 no. 22.

    Image dimensions: 26.5 x 25.2 cm.

    David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century and this year one of his works registered the highest price ever paid at an auction for a work by a living artist.
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David Hockney

United Kingdom Born in: 1937 Famous artist

Born in 1937 in Bradford, David Hockney has established himself as one of the greatest painters of the Twentieth Century and a pioneer of digital art.

Passionate about the English countryside, David Hockey dedicated his first works to Yorkshire, where he grew up, away from hectic London. In 1960 he joined the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and made a name for himself at an exhibition in London dedicated to young British contemporary artists.

From figurative pop art to new realism, David Hockey does not claim to belong to any movement in particular, and the richness of his range of works confirms his famous statement "I paint what I want, when I want, where I want".

Against the current of contemporary movements, Hockney stands out for his ultramodern techniques and his bright colored palette. His art dealer John Kasmin describes him as an insolent artist, a great observer with incredible technical mastery of space, volume and light, combined with an obvious pleasure for narrative. "Flight Into Italy - Swiss landscape", is the story of a road trip with friends; "A Man Thinking", with clouds of thoughts, the title "We Two Boys Together Clinging" speaks for itself... What characterises his work is the link between painting and writing and the interplay between color painted with the most diverse techniques and the roughness of the canvas.

From the mid-1960's, his painting became more realistic and proclaimed the pleasure of living, both in homosexual circles and in Californian society. Also, when he moved there in 1978, his friend Warhol encouraged him to make his famous series of swimming pools, "Pools", the most famous of which, "A Bigger Splash" has been shown at the Tate Gallery in London since 1981. Hockney's work immerses us in the Californian atmosphere whose visions we know: clear blue skies, palm trees, modern houses, summer colours and pastel blue pools. 

Hockney also works with Polaroid photography by capturing and assembling different perspectives of a landscapes in order to increase the spatial effect. Loving above all handmade images, Hockey painted some of his shots again, thus creating ambiguity in his photocollages. His first major photocollage project "The Bigger Grand Canyon" was released in 1998 and depicts the immensity of this natural site on 60 different canvases.

From the digitisation of the image to that of photography, David Hockney is a very versatile artist who likes using a variety of artistic supports. He is also one of the first to create paintings on Ipads and Iphones and still asserts that he wants to train himself in new artistic techniques.

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