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This painting commemorates a dinner party given in March 1964 by the painter Bernard Cohen and his wife Jeanie. Hodgkin later recalled, 'I had to contend with a nervous and glittering evening in a green and white room full of small B. Cohens on the wall'. Some of the marks in this picture derive from the forms in Cohen's paintings. The white line both represents the edge of the table and reiterates the flatness of the picture plane.

August 2004