Contemporary Print Market Report
David Hockney: Flowers In Double Handed Vase - Signed Print

Flowers In Double Handed Vase
Signed Print

David Hockney


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Etching, 1986
Signed Print Edition of 25

Critical Review

Covering the corollas with a layer of frenzied scribbles, Hockney puts emphasis on the expressive quality of the subject matter rather than the decorative function. The flowers are not so much a component within an interior. Rather, Hockney represents them as living creatures caught in the universal drama of ephemerality and transitoriness. The scribbles interrupt the image to hint at the temporal quality of the flowers’ condition. Although the flowers poke through the scribbles and can be seen to stand upwards, as if in the state of bloom, the implicit message of Hockney’s take on the subject matter is that still life is not still at all. As suggested by the couple of drooping leaves, the state of bloom in the print is, above all, fragile.

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