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Red palm



Howard Hodgkin


06 Aug 1932 – 09 Mar 2017

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    colour lithograph with pochoir hand colouring and gouache
    AP 6/15 [edition of 85 plus 15 AP, 2 PP, 3 Solo Press impressions, 2 BAT]
    108.0 x 135.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.c. pencil "… HH 86".

    Gift of Douglas Kagi 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Sir Howard Hodgkin/DACS. Copyright Agency

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    Howard Hodgkin

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  • About

    Howard Hodgkin is regarded as one of the greatest colourists of his generation. His paintings, with their wild splashes of colour and gestural broad brushstrokes, appear spontaneous but they could take years for him to complete as each brushstroke was meticulously considered and applied. His prints followed the same rigorous planning and are the result of complex printing processes, extensive layering and hand colouring.

    Hodgkin works convey memories and emotions. His overseas travels were a great source of inspiration, particularly India, where he visited for the first time in 1964, returning almost every year thereafter, often for long periods of time. Palm trees were a recurring subject and featured prominently in his work, debuting in the painting ‘Indian subject (blue)’ 1965–69, which was also his first landscape.

    In ‘Red palm’ 1986–87, Hodgkin has circled the blood-red palm fronds with rows of green trunk rings. This halo of greenery creates depth, lifting the fronds to the foreground above the vibrant blue water behind. ‘Red palm’ was printed from the same set of aluminium plates as ‘Black palm’ 1986–87, and both lithographs were created using tusche washes with pochoir hand-colouring.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Matisse Alive, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Oct 2021–03 Apr 2022

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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