Catalogue entry

T03255 MY PARENTS 1977

Inscribed ‘my parents 1977/David Hockney’ on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 72 × 72 (182.9 × 182.9)
Purchased from the Knoedler Gallery (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Prov: Knoedler Kasmin Ltd 1981
Exh: David Hockney: New Paintings, Drawings and Graphics, André Emmerich Gallery, New York, October–November 1977 (works not numbered, colour); 20th Century Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, June–September 1978 (6, repr.); Lives, Serpentine Gallery, March 1978 (works not numbered, repr.); Hockney's Progress: Drawings, Theatre Designs, Paintings and Prints, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, September–October 1980 (122)
Lit: Henry Geldzahler, ‘Hockney Abroad : A Slide Show’, Art in America, LXIX, February 1981, p.140, colour; Marco Livingstone, David Hockney, 1981, pp.183–6,

In 1975 Hockney abandoned an earlier version of this subject, which included a self-portrait reflected in the dressing table mirror ( Livingstone, op.cit., pl.146). According to Livingstone, he made use of numerous colour photographs in T03255, although the figures were painted from life. The artist's father is portrayed reading a copy of Aaron Scharf's Art and Photography, while six volumes of the English translation of Proust's A la Recherche du Temps Perdu and a book on Chardin are visible on the bottom shelf of the trolley. Reflected in the mirror are a reproduction of Piero della Francesca's ‘The Baptism of Christ’ in the National Gallery and the top right-hand corner of Hockney's painting ‘Invented Man revealing Still Life’ 1975.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984