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This is a portrait of the painter Ron. B. Kitaj. The painting consists of a field of green diagonal stripes which partly obscure a view through a window into a small room. Within this space, a seated figure appears to be looking at another rectangular form, which could be either a window or a painting. It is one of Hodgkin's earliest paintings on wood, a medium he uses in order to give his paintings more of the quality of solid objects.

August 2004