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This work is from "The Blue Guitar" series, a suite of 20 etchings inspired by Wallace Stevens' poems, specifically "The Man with the Blue Guitar," which itself was inspired by Picasso's painting "the Old Guitarist" of 1903. The etchings are not conceived as literal illustrations of the poem but rather as visual interpretations of its themes, such as the relationship between reality and the imagined. What unifies many of the etchings are the visual references to Picasso's classic iconography.

An important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, David Hockney (b. 1937) is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Celebrated for his 1960s series featuring Los Angeles swimming pools and their denizens, Hockney paints in a bright and deliberately naïve style, drawing his subject matter from popular culture. A follower of artist Kitaj early in his career, Hockney’s first mature works were narratives, painted in an almost childlike manner with flat areas of space complementing fine lines and expressionist details. Moving to California inspired him to produce the simplified archaic forms in the bright California palette for which he is now best known. There was no better place than the California swimming pools set against the L.A. skyline for Hockney to explore the glossy surface of American popular culture. Later, Hockney turned to a more naturalistic manner of painting, creating numerous portraits of his popular contemporaries. David Hockney is based in California and the UK.

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Catalogue Raisonné: 181, MCA Tokyo
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  • Ships From: Pennsylvania, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 13.5 x 16.5 in. (34.29 x 41.91 cm.)
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