David Hockney, A Moving Still Life, from The Blue Guitar, 1976-1977

Artist: David Hockney (1937 - )
Title:A Moving Still Life, from The Blue Guitar, 1976-1977
Medium:Etching, softground etching, and aquatint on paper
Image:13 1/2 in x 16 3/4 in (34.5 cm x 42.5 cm)
Sheet:18 1/8 in x 20 3/4 in (46 cm x 53 cm)
Framed:21 1/2 in x 24 1/2 in (54.6 cm x 62.2 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left.
Signature:This work is hand signed by David Hockney (Bradford 1937-) in pencil in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #W-6417
$18,000 $12,000

Historical Description

David Hockney A Moving Still Life, from The Blue Guitar, 1976-1977, is a playful scene that takes its title to the full extent of its literal meaning. The center of the composition is dominated by a mannequin-like head and a table with a typical still-life arrangement,  set on the surface of a large table suggested by the shading and edge lines in the bottom right. The hair of the mannequin blows out behind it, threading neatly through a mysterious red hoop descending from the top edge of the work. The still life table next to the mannequin seems to dissolve its tablecloth into four appendage-like legs, which look ready to walk out of the scene. Already, we see the moving that the title suggests. At the top left. A collection of line marks and strokes of color float in an undefined space, transforming the composition by playing with the suggested three-dimensionality of the tables. At the foreground, rising from the bottom edge are five precarious pedestals supporting traditional still-life class objects. All of them lack any straight geometric line, giving them a swaying, organic quality that further adds to the surreal movements of the entire work. The piece is as playful as it is eye-catching, a hallmark of Hockney’s unique style.

Created in 1976-197, this etching and aquatint on paper is hand signed by David Hockney (Bradford 1937-) in pencil in the lower right and numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil in the lower left.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

David Hockney A Moving Still Life, from The Blue Guitar, 1976-1977, is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, David Hockney A Moving Still Life, from The Blue Guitar, 1976-1977 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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