David Hockney, Two Boys Aged 23 or 24, 1966. Etching and aquatint on paper, 34.5 x 22.3cm.
Illustrations for Fourteen Poems by CP Cavafy is a cycle of 13 etchings from the years 1966-67, from a central creative phase of the British artist David Hockney (* 1937). Recently, the Cologne collectors Herbert Meyer-Ellinger and Christoph Vowinckel donated the portfolio to the Museum Ludwig, now it is exhibited for the first time. The cycle brings together three motifs of Hockney's art: the interest in the expressive possibilities of printmaking, the question of the relationship between literature and the visual arts, and the emphatically self-evident portrayal of homosexuality in a heterosexually dominated society. On the occasion of the donation, the museum shows its entire collection of works on paper by David Hockney and Richard Hamilton.
(Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.)