Howard Hodgkin

Red Eye


Not on display

Howard Hodgkin 1932–2017
Gouache and lithograph on paper
Image: 262 × 312 mm
Purchased 1984

Catalogue entry

Howard Hodgkin born 1932

P77049 Red Eye 1981

Lithograph with hand colouring 262 x 312 (10 3/8 x 12 1/4) on cream Vélin d'Arches mould made paper, same size; printed by Judith Solodkin and Arnold Brooks and hand coloured by Cinda Sparling at Solo Press, New York and published by Bernard Jacobson in an edition of 100
Inscribed `H H 81' bottom centre and `74/100' on back; printer's stamp b.r.
Purchased from Petersburg Press (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Exh: Howard Hodgkin: Prints 1977-1983, Tate Gallery, Sept.-Dec. 1985 (35, repr.)

P77049 was hand coloured in gouache by Cinda Sparling with whom Hodgkin has worked closely since their first collaboration in 1980. According to Richard Morphet, Hodgkin is able to `work through her in a strange combination of arm's length with complete control. For him this collaboration has become like having an additional medium at his disposal' (Tate Gallery exh. cat. 1985, p.14).

The artist first drew on the plate very swiftly with red lipstick and these marks were printed in black. The sheet was hand coloured by Sparling in a vivid orange gouache and the sweeping diagonal was added in red. The image and title of P77049 refer to a dreadful hangover.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.388

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