This is one of several prints in which overtones of Picasso's art are explicit. Hockney presents multiple viewpoints of the sitter's face. Following Picasso's death in 1973, the work of the Spanish modern master increasingly influenced Hockney. He produced The Student: Homage to Picasso for a portfolio commemorating Picasso's death.
Marco Livingstone, David Hockney, revised edition, London 1987, p.200
David Hockney: A Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles 1988, pp.50-1