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Signed Print Edition of 75
H 35cm x W 22cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|September 2022||Phillips London - United Kingdom||The Beginning - Signed Print|
|May 2021||Hall's Fine Art - United Kingdom||The Beginning - Signed Print|
|April 2015||Christie's London - United Kingdom||The Beginning - Signed Print|
|May 2014||Bonhams Los Angeles - United States||The Beginning - Signed Print|
|September 2013||Christie's London - United Kingdom||The Beginning - Signed Print|
|April 2013||Christie's London - United Kingdom||The Beginning - Signed Print|
Following a dominant theme in Hockney’s Illustrations For Fourteen Poems By C.P. Cavafy, The Beginning shows two youths in bed, naked but for the rumpled sheets covering their legs. The men appear to be the same figures from In The Dull Village and One Night, one distinguishable for his fair curly hair and the other for his dark mop. Here they are shown half sat up in bed, returning the gaze of the artist and viewer. Their bodies appear stiff as if they have been asked to pose and yet the intimacy and immediacy of their erotic encounter lingers. The background, as with so many of the prints in this series, is blank, offering no insight into the setting and pulling all the focus onto the bed with its many creases which are echoed in the body hair of the young men. Unapologetic in their nudity and their desire, the men offer a stark contrast to the original subject of the series, the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy’s poems, which were written at the turn of the 20th century when this desire was still illicit. In Hockney’s 1967 version queer love is celebrated in the open rather than hidden behind suggestion, as in Cavafy’s verses, reflecting the changing attitudes of the times.