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Signed Print Edition of 100
H 74cm x W 99cm
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This signed etching from 1979 is a limited edition of 100 from Howard Hodgkin’s In the Museum Of Modern Art series. The horizontal print presents to the viewer an abstract scene, dominated by a sepia background and marked by black brush strokes, that add a painterly quality to the image.
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.