A Storm

Howard Hodgkin

Following a visit to Oklahoma, Hodgkin was unable to forget having heard about the violent storms which had engulfed the state shortly before. It was at that time that he also recalled having been profoundly moved, many years earlier, by the stormy skies painted by the American artist Thomas Hart Benton, which provided thusly an inspiration for this work.

In "A Storm" Hodgkin employs his familiar frame-like structure, however the black cloud of ink is allowed to burst through the blue border and reache the edge of the sheet, evoking the elemental force of a storm.  The atmospheric interaction of blue and green, combined with the amorphous swelling of the black cloud, makes it extremely difficult to distinguish printed from painted marks.

A copy of this work can be found in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery in London.

Artist
Howard Hodgkin (b.1932)
Title
A Storm
Medium
Lithograph in colours with hand-colouring in gouache
Date
1977
Sheet
53.0 x 61.7 cm : 20 7/8 x 24 1/4 in. on Lexington handmade paper
Edition
From the edition of 100, signed, dated and numbered by the artist
Publisher
Petersburg Press, New York
Printer
Printed and hand coloured by Bruce Porter at Petersburg Press Studio, New York
Notes
Lithograph from three plates, with hand colouring in gouache - a green wash background with a second wash in blue and a blue border.
Exhibited
Howard Hodgkin: Prints 1977-1983, Tate Gallery, Sept.-Dec. 1985 (another example exhibited)
Literature
Heenk 36; Pat Gilmour, ‘Howard Hodgkin', Print Collector's Newsletter, vol. 12, March-April 1981, p.3; Jeremy Lewison ‘Howard Hodgkin, Carte d'Arte, no.0, 1987, p.21; The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.386 (another example illus. in col.)
Reference
CC15-21
Status
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