IN AN OLD BOOK FROM 'ILLUSTRATIONS FOR FOURTEEN POEMS FROM C.P CAVAFY'

1966

Hockney, David
The poem tells of a watercolour found in a book. The painting, titled 'Representation of Love', is a portrait of a beautiful young man: 'with those flawless limbs of his, made for beds called shameless by the commonplace morality.' The source for this drawing was an image from an American 'beefcake' magazine for gay men, containing provocatively posed photographs. Hockney visited the seedy area of Los Angeles where one journal, Physique Pictorial, was published and was 'thrilled' by its tackiness. He also bought many photographs from the publisher, 'a wonderful, complete madman'.
  • Artwork Details: 56.5 x 38.6cm Image, 35 x 22.2cm
  • Edition: 46/75
  • Material description: etching
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  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC39/1967

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