Hockney, David (b.1937), 'Two Vases in the Louvre', Etching, softground etching & aquatint, 1974

'Two Vases in the Louvre', Etching, softground etching & aquatint, 1974

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Signed and dated by the artist in pencil. Numbered from the edition of 75 (there were also 18 proofs). Printed on Inveresk mould-made paper. Printed by Maurice Payne, Kent Jones and Dany Levy. Published by Petersburg Press.

The work displays a window at the Louvre museum with a tantalising glimpse beyond onto the classically inspired architecture. The curtains either side of the composition act in a manner comparable to a theatre set; drawn back to present the scene of the action. 


Windows have long been an inspiration to artists both for compositional and spiritual reasons. Recalling Henri Matisse’s Fenetre a Collioure of 1905 which is similarly colourful and impressive, Hockney here allows the solid structure of the window to act as an introduction to the building recessing in the distance.  It is one of two works he did from the interior looking out of the window of Louvre, for his retrospective exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1974.They were his first large format colour etchings. 

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Image/Plate Size 73.7 x 73.7 cm
Paper Size 99 x 91.5 cm
Reference Tokyo 154