David Hockney - China Diary (Red Square and the Forbidden City)


First Edition, with an original Lithograph signed by David Hockney One of only 1000 copies signed by Spender and Hockney.

Lithograph: Entitled “Red Square and the Forbidden City”

Folding five-colour lithograph, 1982, On Satin-Finish mould made paper, signed in pencil by Hockney , loose in printed card sleeve; book with 158 illustrations, 84 in colour.

Edition: /1000

Published: London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1982. Quarto, original red cloth gilt, original card slipcase with printed label.

Size: Book is 10” x 7.75”; lithograph 20” x 21” at greatest dimensions

Note: “Let’s begin by saying it’s just a little personal trip we made together. I think the book should be in that sense a bit bitty – like life – patched up in some way, as if made by three schoolboys on a tour of a continent for the first time.” –David Hockney on China Diary. Stephen Spender and David Hockney's illustrated diary of the trip they took together to China takes in not just the famous sites - the Great Wall, the Temple of the jade Buddha, the magical landscape of Kweilin but the unexpected incidents of everyday Chinese life. And both discuss their meetings with contemporary Chinese poets and painters. Hockney's photographs, drawings and watercolours are a unique revelation of China, while Spender discourses in rich prose. Together they provide a glimpse of this ever-mysterious land.

Reference: Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo: Reference 254

Public Collections: Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo