DAVID HOCKNEY "SUNFLOWERS II" ETCHING, 1995
David Hockney (b.1937) is one of the most influential contributors to European Pop Art and one of the most valuable, versatile, and distinctive British artists of the 20th century.
The artist came to prominence in the 1960s with his depictions of quirky domestic scenes and queer relationships.
Hockney is a master of many art mediums, having worked with photography, collage, drawing, painting, set design, and printmaking. His style has changed numerous times during his lengthy career, yet his work is always identifiable for a certain optimism and je ne sais quoi joy.
Flowers are an essential and recurring motif throughout the artist's oeuvre. His fresh, vased arrangments highlight the simple pleasures and contentment of domestic life.
In the 1990s, the artist made a slight diversion to focus on sunflowers. While the subject is rich with reference to titans such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Vermeer, Hockney's sunflowers are distinctly poignant, serving as a symbol of impermanence during a period of profound personal loss.
"Sunflowers II" captures the silhouette of an abundant arrangement. Though the vase appears to be illuminated from the lefthand side, the flowers and weighted leaves rest in darkness, contributing to the melancholic undercurrent present in this work.
This piece was completed one year before Hockney's iconic 1996 painting "30 Sunflowers", which sold for $14.8 million at auction in 2020.
David Hockney has exhibited internationally at prominent art institutions including the MoMA, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the National Portrait Gallery.
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Etching with aquatint
Signed, dated, and numbered by artist
From an edition of 80
18"H 15"W (work)
Very good condition.
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