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Artist & Model

Title
David Hockney Self-Portrait
Artist
David Hockney, born 9 Jul 1937
Sitter
David Hockney, born 9 Jul 1937
Pablo Picasso, 25 Oct 1881 - 8 Apr 1973
Date
1973-1974
Type
Print
Medium
Etching and aquatint on paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 75.2 x 57cm (29 5/8 x 22 7/16")
Mat: 78.4 x 59.7cm (30 7/8 x 23 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn Twentieth-Century American Self-Portrait Collection Conserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
Rights
© David Hockney
Object number
NPG.2002.272
Culture
David Hockney: European\British\English
Pablo Picasso: European\Spanish
Exhibition Label
Artist and Model
David Hockney born 1937
David Hockney's etching grew out of an invitation to participate in a portfolio dedicated to Pablo Picasso, who died in 1973, and reflects his admiration for this father of cubism. Probably basing his rendering of Picasso on a photograph by French photographer Robert Doisneau, Hockney casts himself in an intimate tête à tête with his hero. Although fictional-the two artists were not personally acquainted-the scenario captured an important intersection between them, for Hockney created the print with Aldo Crommelynck, who had long produced prints with Picasso. Hockney's careful observation of Picasso's methods raises the question of just who is the "artist" and who is the "model" referred to in the work's title. Although Hockney's nudity suggests his role as model, it is the elder artist who serves as a subject and muse for the younger.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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