$20,000-$30,000 Value Indicator
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¥90,000-¥140,000 Value Indicator
€12,500-€19,000 Value Indicator
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¥1,950,000-¥2,970,000 Value Indicator
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Format: Signed Print
Size: H 50cm x W 65cm
Edition size: 75
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|November 2023||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Figure By A Curtain - Signed Print|
|March 2018||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Figure By A Curtain - Signed Print|
|October 2017||Christie's New York - United States||Figure By A Curtain - Signed Print|
|September 2017||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Figure By A Curtain - Signed Print|
|September 2016||Sotheby's Online - United Kingdom||Figure By A Curtain - Signed Print|
|April 2015||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Figure By A Curtain - Signed Print|
|April 2014||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Figure By A Curtain - Signed Print|
Figure By A Curtain is a signed lithograph print in colour that takes its inspiration from Domenchino’s painting, Apollo Killing Cyclops (1616-18). Like that image, in which a small figure is shown standing before a vivid tapestry depicting a mythological scene, here a bespectacled, suit-clad character engages the viewer directly, his hands up as if gesturing towards them. Stood just outside of a rhetorical frame limned by the drop curtain — a recurring motif in Hockney’s work of the ‘60s and ‘70s — the figure depicted in this print is John Kasmin, Hockney’s art dealer, whom Hockney wanted to ‘trap’ in the ‘small space between art and life’. Like much of Hockney’s later theatre-based work, such asA Souvenir Of A Triple Bill For Andrea Velis (1982) and An Exhibit of Costumes(1981), this print’s use of mise-en-abyme is inspired by the illusionist trompe l’œil effect; an artistic device that questions modes of spectatorship, often in a way which is parodical and deeply self-aware, here it is used to create what Hockney calls a ‘double level of reality’. No less whimsical than the other parts of the seriesHockney And The Stage, Kasmin’s nose and hands are sculpted so as to appear stuck to the glass of the glazed picture.