David Hockney
Portrait of Mother II 1985

Artwork details

David Hockney born 1937
Portrait of Mother II
Date 1985
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 512 x 435 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1993
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


One of many portraits done of his mother Laura over the years, this was made at a time when Hockney was exploring alternatives to naturalism (see also Portrait of Mother III, 1985, Tate Gallery P20124). Cubist-inspired, incorporating several points of view in the depiction of the face, it captures the sitter's personality with love and affection.

Hockney's best-known representation of his parents is perhaps the large double portrait My Parents, 1977 (Tate Gallery T03255).

Further reading:Marco Livingstone, David Hockney: Faces 1966-1984, exhibition catalogue, Laband Art Gallery, Los Angeles 1987, [n.p.]

Terry Riggs
November 1997

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