David Hockney’s Metropolitan Opera Stravinsky Poster 1981 HS - Huge
Limited Edition Print : Lithograph on Wove Paper
Size : 37.5x16.5 in | 95x42 cm
Framed : 40x19 in | 102x48 cm
Edition : Edition is Not Numbered
- 🔥 Huge 1981 Framed Hand Signed Lithograph Poster - Blue Chip - Inquire
Hand SignedLower Right in Black Felt Tip Pen
Framed with PlexiglassBlack Wood Frame
Purchased fromAuction House 2023
Provenance / HistorySuperb color lithograph of David Hockney's artwork created to promote the New York Metropolitan Opera production of an Igor Stravinsky triple bill of The Rite of Spring, The Nightingale, and Oedipus Rex, which featured sets and costumes designed by Hockney. This poster is one of only a few hand-signed examples of this print. Printed in London at Petersburg Press 1981. ‘Off the Wall: Hockney Posters’, catalogue number 104.
Story / Additional InfoThis is one of the few Hockney posters designed entirely by Hockney himself and, as such, ranks as a Hockney poster in the truest sense of that expression. Hockney on his designs for the 1981 New York Metropolitan Opera's Stravinsky production: 'What I liked about the program of The Rite of Spring, The Nightingale, and Oedipus Rex at the Metropolitan Opera was how you went from Stravinsky's most kinetic to his most static work for the stage — seemingly from birth and awareness to self-knowledge and death. We conceived it as one total piece of theater.'
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David Hockney - United Kingdom
Art Brokerage: David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He is perhaps best known for his serial paintings of swimming pools, portraits of friends, and verdant landscapes. The artist’s oeuvre ranges from collaged photography and opera posters, to Cubist-inspired abstractions and plein-air paintings of the English countryside. Often returning to a certain motif again and again, he probes the manifold ways one can see an image or a space. Hockney’s exploration of photography’s effect on painting and everyday life is evinced in his hallmark work A Bigger Splash (1967). “In art, new ways of seeing mean new ways of feeling; you can't divorce the two, as, we are now aware, you cannot have time without space and space without time,” he has explained. Born on July 9, 1937 in Bradford, United Kingdom, Hockney attended the Royal College of Art in London alongside R.B. Kitaj. At school, he studied under both Francis Bacon and Peter Blake, but also credits Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse for influencing his distinctive and varied style. In 1963, the artist traveled to Southern California for the first time and fell in love with the bright sunshine and easygoing lifestyle. Since then, he has alternated living and working between Yorkshire, United Kingdom, and Los Angeles, CA. In 2017, the artist was the subject of a comprehensive retrospective which opened to critical acclaim at the Tate Gallery in London. Hockney’s works are presently held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Listings wanted.