David Hockney

Portrait of Mother III

1985

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
David Hockney born 1937
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 512 x 435 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1993
Reference
P20119

Summary

This is one of many portraits Hockney has made of his mother, Laura, since his early days at Bradford School of Art. His best-known representation of his parents is perhaps the large double portrait My Parents, 1977 (Tate Gallery T03255). Mrs Hockney was a more willing sitter than her husband, and the artist portrays her with great psychological insight. She was widowed in 1978.

Further reading:
Marco Livingstone, David Hockney: Faces 1966-1984, exhibition catalogue, Laband Art Gallery, Los Angeles 1987, [n.p.]

Terry Riggs
November 1997

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