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Howard Hodgkin
born 1932
Late Afternoon in the Museum of Modern Art
Soft-ground etching printed from one plate in black on buff BFK Rives paper, no. 67 out of an edition of 100.
From the set of four entitled In the Museum of Modern Art, published by Petersburg Press in 1979.
Given by Paul Cornwall-Jones, 2007

This is one of a pair of prints included here from the set of four entitled In the Museum of Modern Art, made at Petersburg Studios, New York. Both prints were printed from the same plate, the difference being that the other print, Early Evening in the Museum of Modern Art, is printed on a different coloured paper and has additional marks added in gouache by hand. The other pair of prints in the set, Thinking Aloud in the Museum of Modern Art and All Alone in the Museum of Modern Art (given by the same donor in 2008), have a similar technical relationship with each other. Two years earlier, Hodgkin had been introduced to the technique of soft-ground etching, which helped to free up his approach to making prints because it allowed him a more direct touch with his brush or hand: 'Softground etching is about the most immediate medium imaginable - more immediate than drawing or painting, because it is just the plate covered with grease [soft-ground] which can be easily removed or worked into, with almost fatal facility.' (The plate is subsequently immersed in acid so that the marks made by the artist are etched into the plate; the plate is subsequently inked and printed).

Hodgkin made his first prints in the 1960s at the instigation of the donor of these prints, Paul Cornwall-Jones, who founded two of the leading imprints of artist's prints in the 1960s and 70: Editions Alecto, which first operated from 5 Madingley Road, Cambridge, in 1962 before moving to London; and Petersburg Press, which he set up in London in 1968 and New York in 1972.


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