Hockney is one of the great British artists, and we're delighted to offer a series of fascinating etchings from 1976.
Hockney was inspired by the Wallace Stevens poem The Man with the Blue Guitar. He read the poem in the summer of 1976 and made a series of drawings which were to lead to the…Show more etchings. The poem in turn was inspired by Picasso's Blue Period painting, The Old Guitarist. So the work is filled with references to Picasso.
The series displays an array of imagery and styles, typical of Hockney's technical virtuosity. He made a total of 20 etchings. Each was printed in a selection of five colours using the Crommelynck technique. They were originally published in limited portfolio editions by Petersburg Press in October 1977.Show less
"Hockney is considered to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. 'The Blue Guitar' etchings are a particularly fascinating portfolio of work and clearly reference the work of Picasso, who Hockney greatly admired in imagery and style. These works are now on the market after being in the same private collection for over 25 yrs."
Amanda Lambert - Rise Art Curator
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