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Night Palm
Signed Print

Howard Hodgkin


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Etching, 1990
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 150cm x W 121cm

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Meaning & Analysis

Night Palm is one of the latest representations of the tree that Hodgkin embarked upon in this series. The formal composition of the print, dominated by the palm occupying the majority of the image, and the style and technique adopted by Hodgkin are remarkably different from prints like Black Palm and Red Palm. In this print, as well as in Palm And Window and Flowering Palm, Hodgkin’s brushstrokes seem more contained and thought, rather than spontaneous and irreverent.

The image was inspired by the posters of A. M. Cassandre, to whom Hodgkin looked up with admiration. Known for his beautiful commercial posters of the 1940s and 1950s, Cassandre allegedly reminded Hodgkin of a certain post-war glamour and decadence long lost.

Meshing together vivid personal recollections and nostalgia with the early language of commercial advertising, this print offers an insight into an often-overlooked aspect of Hodgkin’s practice, the multitude of art historical sources that he used to create his works.

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