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Format: Signed Print
Size: H 244cm x W 610cm
Edition size: 7
The value of Howard Hodgkin's As Time Goes By (blue) (signed) is estimated to be worth between £35,000 to £50,000. This aquatint artwork has seen a total of 3 sales at auction since its first sale in February 2013. The hammer price reached £47,555 in October 2019, providing an average return to the seller of £40,422. Despite no sales in the last 12 months, this piece has demonstrated its value over time. The edition size of this artwork is strictly limited to 7, making it a unique addition to any collection.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|October 2019||Phillips New York - United States||As Time Goes By (blue) - Signed Print|
|January 2018||Phillips London - United Kingdom||As Time Goes By (blue) - Signed Print|
|February 2013||Phillips London - United Kingdom||As Time Goes By (blue) - Signed Print|
This signed aquatint print from 2009 is a limited edition of 7 from Howard Hodgkin’s As Time Goes By series. The work is composed of five different sheets of paper, joined together through a wooden structure, and presents to the viewer an abstract emotional landscape, typical of Hodgkin’s production, framed by hand-painted blue contours and dotted by red and navy splashes of colour.
As Time Goes By (blue) is not only the largest work on paper that Hodgkin produced but also amongst the most monumental pieces to ever be produced with printmaking techniques, measuring more than six meters in length. Hodgkin made each panel using a combination of aquatint, paint, and carborundum embossing, which gives the work a tactile and expressionist feel that aptly conveys the emotional intensity of Hodgkin’s paint strokes. To produce the work, Hodgkin combined mechanical reproduction, through the use of five different coloured etched plates, and artisanship, personally painting the blue frame of the work. The title, drawn from the famous 1942 movie Casablanca and with no seeming direct relation to the work, continues to fascinate art historians and collectors alike and adds complexity and ambiguity to this fascinating piece. The print was exhibited for the first time at Cristea Roberts Gallery in 2009 but has ever since left its mark on the mind of any Hodgkin collector as a seminal work in the artist’s career.