Howard Hodgkin

A Storm


Not on display

Howard Hodgkin 1932–2017
Gouache and lithograph on paper
Image: 517 × 613 mm
Purchased 1984

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A Storm
Hodgkin has often incorporated borders into his prints. In this print the black cloud of ink bursts through the blue border and reaches to the edge of the sheet. This dramatic transgression evokes the elemental force of a storm.

This print was made after a trip to Oklahoma in the US. The motif itself is taken indirectly from a painting by the American artist Thomas Hart Benton.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

Howard Hodgkin born 1932

P77045 A Storm 1977

Lithograph with hand colouring 517 x 613 (20 1/2 x 24 1/4) on Lexington hand made paper, same size; printed and hand coloured by Bruce Porter at Petersburg Press Studio, New York and published by Petersburg Press, New York in an edition of 100
Inscribed ‘Hodgkin 77' b.r. and ‘40/100'
Purchased from Petersburg Press (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Exh: Howard Hodgkin: Prints 1977-1983, Tate Gallery, Sept.-Dec. 1985 (5, repr. in col.)
Lit: Pat Gilmour, ‘Howard Hodgkin', Print Collector's Newsletter, vol. 12, March-April 1981, p.3; Jeremy Lewison ‘Howard Hodgkin, Carte d'Arte, no.0, 1987, p.21

P77045 is a lithograph from three plates, with hand colouring in gouache - a green wash background with a second wash in blue and a blue border.

This print was conceived following a visit to Oklahoma where Hodgkin heard tell of the terrible storms that had recently engulfed the area. The description of the storms led Hodgkin to recall being struck vividly, many years earlier, by the sight of the wild and stormy skies painted by the American artist Thomas Hart Benton. ‘A Storm' is thus a very rare example in Hodgkin's work of an image not engendered by first hand experience of an actual event.

Although Hodgkin continues here to employ a frame-like structure, the atmospheric interaction of blue and green combined with the amorphous swelling of the black cloud make it extremely difficult to distinguish printed from painted marks.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.386

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