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David Hockney: Dog Etching No. 2 - Signed Print

Dog Etching No. 2
Signed Print

David Hockney


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Etching, 1998
Signed Print Edition of 35

Critical Review

Dog Etching No. 2 (1998) depicts the two dogs sleeping together on a pillow. A similar scene features in Hockney’s Dog 43 Poster created for the Salts Mill exhibition. While the artist’s paintings of sausage dogs are most often associated with the vibrant pastel colour palette exemplified by the exhibition poster, this etching offers a more minimalist take on the subject. The artist reduces the tender scene to a minimum detail and draws upon the contrast between the dogs’ black fur and the brightness of the pillow. With the use of only a few elements, the print evokes a sense of secure comfort and tranquillity rooted in the artist’s personal world and, at the same time, speaking to the universal human experience and feelings.

Although affectionate and lighthearted in appearance, the pet portraits are rooted deeply in the context of personal loss. Hockney started to paint his dogs after the death of his close friend Henry Geldzahler, the American curator of contemporary art. He commented in this context: “I wanted desperately to paint something loving… I felt such a loss of love I wanted to deal with it in some way. I realised I was painting my best friends. [...] They’re like little people to me. The subject wasn’t dogs but my love of the little creatures.”

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