Hockney, David (b.1937), 'The Boy Hidden in an Egg (The Little Sea Hare)', Etching, Aquatint & Drypoint, 1969

'The Boy Hidden in an Egg (The Little Sea Hare)', Etching, Aquatint & Drypoint, 1969

£4,950.00
Signed by the artist in pencil. Artist's proof, aside from the portfolio edition of 100. Inscribed in brown ink on the reverse 'for Maurice', a dedication to Maurice Payne who proofed this series.

Hockney created 39 etchings for the series 'Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm'. The etching plates were hand-drawn by David Hockney in London between May and November 1969, proofed by Maurice Payne and printed by Piet Clement on W.S.Hodgkinson paper. Published by the Petersburg Press in association with the Kasmin Gallery in 1970.


For this series Hockney selected six stories from the 220 by the Brothers Grimm, which he'd delighted in since childhood. These include 'The Little Sea Hare', 'Fundevogel', 'Rapunzel', 'The Boy who left Home to learn Fear', 'Old Rinkrank' and 'Rumpelstilzchen'. Hockney stated, "They're fascinating, the little stories, told in a very very simple, direct, straightforward language and style, it was this simplicity that attracted me. They cover quite a strange range of experience, from the magical to the moral."

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Image Size 20 x 17.2 cm
Paper Size 31 x 31 cm
Reference Tokyo 69