David Hockney - Celia observing


Soft ground etching and aquatint, 1976, on BFK Rives paper, signed by the artist in pencil

Size: 902 x 749 mms, 36” x 29.5” Inches.

Edition:  /60

Published by: Petersburg Press, New York

Reference: The David Hockney Foundation website: https://thedavidhockneyfoundation.org/artwork/1602

Not in the Tokyo Catalogue

Note: A black and white version of this work also exists.

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”