David Hockney - Sunflower I


Original Etching & Aquatint, 1995, on Arches Watercolour paper, signed by the artist in pencil, chop mark lower right

Size: paper: 68.9 x 57.1 cms, plate: 38 x 46 cms

Edition: 80

Published by: Lococo Moulder Inc. and the artist

Printed by:  Maurice Payne

Note: An obvious homage to van Gogh, Sunflower I is a striking intaglio still life. Here the sunflowers of the title stand tall in their pot or vase, against a background filled with marks from the etching plate. The leaves are a mass of black ink, dominating the composition, and bring a certain weight to the more ephemeral blooms. The work could just as easily be a copy of the Dutch master’s work or a study from life, however the pot is a different shape to van Gogh’s. It is likely that Hockney was inspired by the famous series of paintings and created his own similar composition.

Literature: David Hockney Prints - Tokyo Museum Catalogue 347

Provenance: Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, Newbury - Their label verso

Condition: In very good condition