Although seemingly abstract, Hodgkin's paintings are rooted in everyday reality. He has stated;I start out with the subject and naturally. 'I have to remember first of all what it looked like, but it would also perhaps contain a great deal of feeling and sentiment. All of that has got to be somehow transmuted, transformed or made, into a physical object; Rain is one of his largest paintings, and suggests a landscape viewed through a window, with lowering storm clouds and squalls shafting down.
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