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For Six Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm

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David Hockney: A Black Cat Leaping - Signed Print
A Black Cat Leaping Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Gold - Signed Print
Gold Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Inside The Castle - Signed Print
Inside The Castle Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Pleading For The Child - Signed Print
Pleading For The Child Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Boy Hidden In A Fish - Signed Print
The Boy Hidden In A Fish Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Rescued Princess - Signed Print
The Rescued Princess Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Rose And The Rose Stalk - Signed Print
The Rose And The Rose Stalk Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Older Rapunzel - Signed Print
The Older Rapunzel Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Pot Boiling - Signed Print
The Pot Boiling Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Lake - Signed Print
The Lake Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Haunted Castle - Signed Print
The Haunted Castle Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Glass Mountain Shattered - Signed Print
The Glass Mountain Shattered Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: The Boy Hidden In An Egg - Signed Print
The Boy Hidden In An Egg Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Study For Rumpelstilskin - Signed Print
Study For Rumpelstilskin Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Straw On The Left, Gold On The Right - Signed Print
Straw On The Left, Gold On The Right Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Riding Around On A Cooking-Spoon - Signed Print
Riding Around On A Cooking-Spoon Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Cold Water About To Hit The Prince - Signed Print
Cold Water About To Hit The Prince Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Catherina Dorothea Viehmann - Signed Print
Catherina Dorothea Viehmann Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: A Wooded Landscape - Signed Print
A Wooded Landscape Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: A Room Full Of Straw - Signed Print
A Room Full Of Straw Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Corpses On Fire - Signed Print
Corpses On Fire Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: He Tore Himself In Two - Signed Print
He Tore Himself In Two Signed Print 
David Hockney

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David Hockney: Fundevogel - Signed Print
Fundevogel Signed Print 
David Hockney

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Critical Review

A self-proclaimed ‘Literary Artist,’ Hockney’s Illustrations for Six Fairytales from the Brothers Grimm are among some of his most popular etchings. P. Cavafy, David Hockney’s Illustrations For Six Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm are among the artist’s best known etchings. Conceived over three years and published in 1969 they showcase the artist’s ingenuity for composition, his charm as a draughtsman and his mastery of the medium of print.

As with the aforementioned series, the Brothers Grimm prints are characterised by their mostly blank backgrounds, which in 1969 presented a break from his painting style where an almost photographic naturalism was beginning to take hold. The fairytale subjects allowed him to work with a more playful style, and experiment with soft ground technique which meant he could make marks as if he were merely drawing on paper. He also made use of aquatint for shading which allowed him to bring darker and lighter tones into works such as The Lake and The Boy Hidden in an Egg.

The series is also characterised by extensive cross hatching which allowed him to achieve a deeper black, and is a technique Hockney is said to have picked up not just from Hogarth but also Giorgio Morandi’s prints. These various techniques are another way in which Hockney ‘quotes’ the masters that came before him. Whether it’s Matisse in a still life or Picasso in a portrait, his works of art are always looking back as well as out at the viewer, their artifice brought to the fore by conscious referencing and overt display of technique.