The Boy Hidden in an Egg

The Boy Hidden in an Egg


David Hockney RA
The Boy Hidden in an Egg, 1969
Etching with aquatint and drypoint, from an edition of 400
19.8 x 17cm (image)

The print comes in an archival mount, generously spaced in a black wood frame. The price includes professional packing and recorded delivery at £25.00. To ask about collecting this artwork, please contact us on 0191 261 4465.

When selecting from over 200 stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, Hockney was drawn to what he described as the ‘psychological strangeness’ of the tales. They allowed him to explore the relationships and motivations of the characters, and presented the challenge of depicting the supernatural and surreal.

Hockney’s technical mastery of etching was already evident in his re-imagining of Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’, published in the early 1960s. The ‘Brothers Grimm’ suite shows a more refined approach to the medium, dispensing with colour and exploring the subtleties offered by intaglio techniques. Solid line and deep-biting aquatint give depth, with traditional cross-hatching and soft-ground plates providing texture and tone. 

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