Contemporary Print Market Report
David Hockney: An Image Of Celia (State I) - Signed Print

An Image Of Celia (State I)
Signed Print

David Hockney


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Lithograph, 1986
Signed Print Edition of 10

Critical Review

The fine and realistic detail characterising Hockney’s early portraits is replaced here by simplistic, abstract forms: oval eyes and outsized mouth extend beyond the facial contours of the woman on the left side, invoking the aesthetics of the 1980s Vogue covers. The playful composition with its two intertwined figures at the centre of the print mediates a sense of movement, urging the viewer to imagine how the sitter changes her position from erect to reclining.

What appears to be the element of the central figure’s attire simultaneously represents a part of another figure’s body. As such, the two female figures at the centre of the print blend with one another, reflecting Hockney’s penchant for experimenting with the optical perspective and the continued search for more dynamic ways of seeing.

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