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Howard Hodgkin: Indian Room - Signed Print

Indian Room
Signed Print

Howard Hodgkin


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Lithograph, 1967
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 51cm x W 64cm

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Critical Review

Indian Room occupies a special place in Hodgkin’s oeuvre, for it is one of the first works on paper where the artist represents India through palm trees, a motif which will become distinctive of his work. Hodgkin visited India for the first time in his thirties, in 1964, inspired by the richness and beauty of Indian miniatures. Upon reaching India, Hodgkin then fell in love with its culture of colours, which inspired heavily his abstract palette, and returned to the country annually. The marvellous encounter with India led Hodgkin to create many works inspired by his travel memories, for example his Indian Views series.

With regards to the importance of India to his art, the artist stated: “I fell in love with Indian art when I was at school, thanks to the enterprising art master, Wilfrid Blunt. I longed to visit India, but only managed to do so in my early thirties. It proved a revelation. It changed my way of thinking and, probably, the way I paint.”

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