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Description: HowardHodgkin(British, 1932-2017)Venice, Night, 1995large scale etching and aquatint diptych printed from 5 platespencil signed, dated, numbered 13/30, and titled lower-center of the left panel: "Venetian Views Series HH
1995."

Provenance: Property of the Estate of Craig W Johnson, purchased from the Alan Cristea Gallery, London.

Biography from Phillips New York
One of the greatest colorists of his generation, Howard Hodgkin explores the very nature of painting as both cultured language and sheer expression. He disregards the classical polarities of abstraction and representation, past and present, canvas and frame, using gestural brushstrokes and a vivid palette to emphasize the picture plane, while simultaneously seeking to convey memories and emotions. The seemingly casual, urgent quality of his paintings and prints belies a drawn-out process of making: it could take a year for Hodgkin to prepare to execute a single brushstroke. The resultant maximalist, saturated works on canvas, paper, wood and board can be intimately scaled and jewel-like, or oversized, opulent and theatrical. Whilst his early compositions have a collaged, geometric flatness, Hodgkin's later work (including etching and aquatint prints) increasingly incorporated more lush surface textures and complex, fluid patterns reminiscent of the Paturi miniatures from India, of which he was an avid collector.62"H x 38 1/4"W, of each sheet, total of 77"W.

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