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Howard Hodgkin: Black Palm - Signed Print

Black Palm
Signed Print

Howard Hodgkin


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Lithograph, 1986
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 124cm x W 150cm

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Critical Review

Unlike the other prints in the series, Black Palm is characterised by dark and sombre tone, that are close to the ones Hodgkin used for his All Alone In The Museum Of Modern Art series. Known for his vivid and colourful palette, Hodgkin rarely indulged in monochromatic black tones. And yet, the artist repeatedly recounted that he particularly enjoyed those rare instances where he could use darker hues, for the prints resembled much more closely what he envisioned at the start of the printing process, when he only had the printing plates as reference for the final image.

In this print, Hodgkin’s language of abstraction and gestural expressiveness reaches some of its best visual expressions. In the outline of the palm, the viewer can almost imagine Hodgkin’s brash brushstroke as it marked the printing plate, not bound to any formal concern.

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