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This is one of a series of four portraits of Mr and Mrs EJ Power, commissioned from Hodgkin by Mr Power and painted over a period of eight years. The Powers had a marvellous collection of post-war European art at their London home and Hodgkin's painting evokes the experience of being with them in the setting of their collection. Hodgkin has described the content of this picture: Two sculptures by Westerman, a Brancusi, a Pollock, a panelled wooden ceiling, as well as the owners; the wife slipping away to the right and the husband talking in green in the foreground.

September 2004