David Hockney
Portrait of Mother III 1985

Artwork details

David Hockney born 1937
Portrait of Mother III
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


This is one of many portraits Hockney has made of his mother, Laura, since his early days at Bradford School of Art. His best-known representation of his parents is perhaps the large double portrait My Parents, 1977 (Tate Gallery T03255). Mrs Hockney was a more willing sitter than her husband, and the artist portrays her with great psychological insight. She was widowed in 1978.

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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