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Dog Etching No.1

Dog Etching No.1
Signed Print

David Hockney

Etching, 1998
Signed Print Edition of 35
H 22cm x W 27cm

Critical Review

Hockney first started drawing dogs in 1987 and in 1995 he began painting them, as a reaction to the grief he felt over the death of Henry Geldzahler and many other close friends he lost to the AIDS crisis of the preceding years. Speaking of this turn in his work Hockney said, “I wanted desperately to paint something loving. … I felt such a loss of love I wanted to deal with it in some way. I realized I was painting my best friends, Stanley and Boodgie. They sleep with me; I’m always with them here. They don’t go anywhere without me and only occasionally do I leave them. They’re like little people to me. The subject wasn’t dogs but my love of the little creatures.”

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