David Hockney RA

I met someone yesterday who reminded me to go and see the exhibition David Hockney:  The Complete Early Etchings 1961-1964 at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert down the street from the RA.   She was right.   It’s a very choice, complete exhibition of Hockney’s early etchings – funny, witty, and an odd mixture of innocent and erudite, starting with Myself and My Heroes (1961) – Hockney (‘I am 23 years old and wear glasses’), Walt Whitman and Mahatma Gandhi – and including Kaisarion and all his Beauty (also 1961), which was bought by the Museum of Modern Art, and My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean (1962), in which Ocean is mis-spelt.   Palm trees, fairy tales and Egypt are all present very early.

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