DAVID HOCKNEY "BLUE GUITARIST" ETCHING, 1976
David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century and is arguably the most important European contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s.
In 1976 Hockney produced a suite of twenty etchings entitled “The Blue Guitar: Etchings by David Hockney Who Was Inspired by Wallace Stevens Who Was Inspired by Pablo Picasso.”
Hockney completed this playful suite of images at the studio of Aldo Crommelynck (who had earlier worked as a printmaker for Picasso, Masson, and Miró).
Hockney’s “Blue Guitar” refers to Wallace Stevens’s 1937 poem “The Man With the Blue Guitar,” which was inspired by Picasso’s blue period panting, “The Old Guitarist” from 1903. It is the most iconic image from this series.
At the centre of Hockney’s composition is Picasso’s original image, which is surrounded by illustrations inspired by Stevens’s poem.
The work is a fascinating amalgamation of a respect for art history and an acknowledgement of inspiration combined with innovation and a personal approach to an existing subject.
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Signed and numbered by the artist
Etching, 113 from an edition of 200.
29.5" 26"W (Framed)