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This picture was inspired by an incident during a museum visit in Berlin during
the summer of 1962, when Hockney saw
his travelling companion standing next
to an ancient Egyptian sculpture of a
seated woman. To the artist, their chance juxtaposition suggested an unlikely but amusing form of marriage between a modern living subject and a stylised, inanimate sculpture. Hockney explained:

 

From the distance they looked like a
couple, posing as it were, for a wedding photograph. This amused me at first, but then I rather liked the idea of the marriage of styles, as it were. The heavily stylised wooden figure - with the real human being.

September 2004