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Late Afternoon In The Museum Of Modern Art - Signed Print by Howard Hodgkin 1979 - MyArtBroker

Late Afternoon In The Museum Of Modern Art
Signed Print

Howard Hodgkin


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Etching, 1979
Signed Print Edition of 100
H 74cm x W 99cm

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Meaning & Analysis

Late Afternoon In The Museum Of Modern Art, together with All Alone In The Museum Of Modern Art, Thinking Aloud In The Museum Of Modern Art and Early Evening In The Museum of Modern Art, represents Hodgkin’s attempt to convey on paper an early memory from his childhood, the countless days and evenings he spent visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. At a time when World War II was unsettling Europe, the safe walls of the museum provided the young artist with reassurance and comfort.

In this print, the feelings and emotions felt by Hodgkin emerge with full force through the gestural expressiveness of his marks, whereas the sepia undertones of the print situate the scene in a long-lost past. The trace of Hodgkin’s own hand and gesture, in this work, is further heightened through the presence of the artist’s fingerprints, which are scattered on the paper surface to evoke the spontaneity of children’s drawings.

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