Contemporary Print Market Report
David Hockney: Portrait Of Mother III - Signed Print

Portrait Of Mother III
Signed Print

David Hockney

£15,000-£20,000 Guide

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

Lithograph, 1985
Signed Print Edition of 25
H 51cm x W 44cm

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Critical Review

The artist’s portrait of his mother makes her tender, contemplative gaze a central feature of the portrait. The eyes of the woman occupy the most central part of the image, their brightness, connoting a sense of joy and youthfulness against subtle signs of aging. The mesmerising colour of the irises immediately draws the viewer’s attention as the surrounding outlines of the attire and hair, rendered in similar tones of blue, enhance the impression of eyes and gaze holding the central place in the picture. 

Hockney’s choice to represent his mother with the use of vibrant pastel lines not only contributes to a formal beauty of the composition but also links the subject to an ageless sense of radiance. Although the woman’s facial expression appears wistful, the undertone of the portrait differs from the artists’ earlier depictions of Laura. Hockney’s play with colours reconciles the melancholy of the gaze with a dimension of lightheartedness.

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