Provenance: with Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., London Mrs G.B. Cooke and thence by descent The Cooke Family Collection, sold Sotheby's 24th May 1990, lot 760 Private Collection, U.S.A.
Exhibited: London, Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., Howard Hodgkin, 16th October-10th November 1962, cat.no.10(ill.)
Literature: M.Price, Howard Hodgkin Catalogue Raisonne included in M.Auping, J.Elderfield, S.Sontag & M.Price,Howard Hodgkin Paintings, London, 1995, cat.no.31(ill.in b/w)
Hodgkin's paintings of the early 1960s mix abstraction and figuration in a way which, even within the eclectic spirit of British painting of the time, show a manner of individual expression that is at once entirely his own. Much concerned with a form of painting that combines the snapshot image of recalled memory with a suggestion of form, much of his work of this period remains suggestively readable, frequently aided by the apparently matter of fact and descriptive titles. However it is often the use of simple shape, painterly surface and bold colour juxtaposition that leads the viewer into the image. This is particularly true of his 'portrait' paintings, works in which the references to the subjects are frequently hidden under layers of visual metaphor. The suggested intimacy and familiarity of these paintings, again partly created through the artist's titling, is a vehicle for a painting of sensation, a hint of the spirit and feeling of an event or an individual.