Howard Hodgkin 1932-2017

One of his works features in the course materials, a vibrant and energetic piece that uses sweeps of complementary colours to evoke mood.

img_3387The Bay of Naples is a 1980-1982 piece with a flattened perspective and expansive brushwork that makes the result anything but flat. It seems more abstract than figurative and somehow brighter than I would have expected, given it is painted on a dark ground.

This one is similar; brilliantly impactful, a red frame bordering the ebullient fields of intense colour within. This image is from Mary Acton’s 2009 book, Learning to Look at Paintings, published by Routledge. The plate is number 23 and the text P 135.



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