'Figures with Still Life', Hardground, Softground & Drypoint
Signed and numbered by the artist in pencil and stamped on the reverse with the title. From the edition of 200 plus 35 proofs. Printed on Inveresk mould-made paper.
From 'The Blue Guitar' portfolio of twenty etchings printed in London and New York at the Petersburg Studios and published by Petersburg Press in 1977.
THE BLUE GUITAR ETCHINGS
The frontispiece to the portfolio clearly enunciates Hockney’s dual inspirations for his ‘Blue Guitar’ suite: ‘Etchings by David Hockney who was inspired by Wallace Stevens who was inspired by Pablo Picasso’. Hockney discovered Wallace Stevens’s 1936 poem ‘The Man with the Blue Guitar’ in the Summer of 1976 while holidaying in Fire Island, NY, with the curator Henry Geldzahler and writer Christopher Isherwood. Hockney described how the ‘etchings themselves were not conceived as literal illustrations of the poem but as an interpretation of its themes in visual terms. Like the poem, they are about transformations within art as well as the relation between reality and the imagination, so these are pictures and different styles of representation juxtaposed and reflected and dissolved within the same frame’. Stevens’s poem was inspired by Picasso’s 1903 painting ‘The Old Guitarist’ and Hockney, also a great admirer of Picasso, filled his etchings with a multitude of references to the master both in terms of imagery and style.
Reference: Tokyo 187