Howard Hodgkin

Souvenir

1981

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Artist
Howard Hodgkin 1932–2017
Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 1143 x 1397 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1982
Reference
P07617

Not on display

Display caption

Souvenir
P07617
As with so many of Hodgkin’s prints Souvenir is hard to decipher. Beneath the dots and dabs lies an interior scene. On the left is a figure, elsewhere there is a window and a chest or table. Hodgkin's aim is to translate moments and places into a pictorial language that evokes them, rather than one that records precisely their physical detail.


Unusually this print does not exist in a colour version. Normally Hodgkin begins with the coloured versions and ends with a monochrome one, which he considers to be the clearest manifestation of the image.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

P07617 SOUVENIR 1981

Inscribed ‘HH 81’ bottom left and ‘85/100’
Screenprint, printed by Norman Lassiter, New York, published by Petersburg Press, 45×55 (114.3×139.7)
Purchased from Petersburg Press (Grant-in-Aid) 1981

For this print Hodgkin worked directly on the screens for the first time, thus becoming more involved in screenprinting than he had been previously. The image is built up with five screens printed in different shades of black.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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