Sun, 1st Sep 2019 9:30

Modern & Contemporary Art

Lot 55
Lot 55 - David Hockney (United Kingdom 1937-)


David Hockney (United Kingdom 1937-)
Peter (S.A.C 110; MCA Tokyo 107)

etching and aquatint on J. Green wove paper

Artwork date: 1969
Signature details: signed, dated and numbered 39/75 in pencil along the bottom margin

Sold for R56,900
Estimated at R50,000 - R70,000

Condition Report

Not laid down, floated to the backing mount. Minor cockling. Paper discolouration and water marks. Not examined out of the frame, full report available on request.

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etching and aquatint on J. Green wove paper

Artwork date: 1969
Signature details: signed, dated and numbered 39/75 in pencil along the bottom margin


sheet size: 93 x 71.5 cm


In 2018, David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold in New York for $90.3 million, at the time the highest amount paid for an artwork by a living artist. The work features a figure swimming breaststroke underwater in a crystal blue pool while another figure peers down from the edge. The standing blonde figure in this iconic painting is Peter Schlesinger, a longtime lover and muse of Hockney. They met at UCLA in 1966 where Hockney was teaching a summer drawing class that Peter attended. Peter then moved into Hockney’s home while he lived in Los Angeles and then later in London.This etching of Peter encapsulates Hockney’s affectionate intimacy with his partner. The gentle observation of the simple lines that make up his naked body are extended to the artist’s sensitive rendering of Peter’s hair. Peter gazes off into the distance in an almost nonchalant manner, his hands resting on his hips as if this is yet another occasion he has had to pose for Hockney. Peter is an honest portrait of everyday love, lust and the enjoyable mundanity of it.

Joshua Stanley

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