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Hodgkin uses colour and pattern to create a visual equivalent for his personal impressions, recalled in memory. This painting was based on the many evenings he spent dining with art-collector friends in Smith Square, London. Hodgkin has said that, for him, it conjures the scene of 'two old friends talking across their table below a small painting by Bonnard'. His paintings are often made over many years, and incorporate the shifting viewpoints and perspectives of memory.

September 2004