David Hockney - Celia in a wicker chair


Original softground etching with aquatint, 1974, in 7 colours, 5 copper platers, on Rives BFK mould made paper, signed by the artist in pencil and dated lower left.

Size: 914 x 749 mms, 27” x 21.5” Inches

Edition:  /60

Published by: Petersburg Press, 1981

Printed by: Maurice Payne, London

Public Collections: Fukuoka Art Museum

Reference: Tokyo 158

The David Hockney Foundation website: https://thedavidhockneyfoundation.org/artwork/1550

Note: Between 1969 and 1999 the artist created 39 portraits of his friend and muse, Celia Birtwell, in a variety of media over many years. He developed a particular intimacy with her, losing concern about capturing her likeness and feeling free to experiment since he was so familiar with her face. According to Hockney “Celia has a beautiful face, a very rare face with lots of things in nit which appeal to me. It shows aspects of her like her intuitive knowledge and kindness, which I think is the gratis virtue. To me she is a special person”