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Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932)
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Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932)

In the Guest Room

Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932)
In the Guest Room
signed and dated 'Howard Hodgkin 1978-1980' (on the reverse)
oil on panel
15¾ x 20¾in. (40 x 52.8cm.)
Painted between 1978-1980
Knoedler & Co.,Inc., New York (CA13865).
Bruce and Judith Eissner, by whom lent to Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Waddington Galleries, London (B8065 and B20692).
M. Price, Howard Hodgkin Paintings and Catalogue Raisonné, Fort Worth 1995, p. 172 (illustrated).
New York, M. Knoedler and Co., Inc., Summer Selection, July-August 1984, no. 8.
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Lot Essay

"There are many aspects of the subjects which I paint pictures about that would lose their meanings if they were too specifically presented, and that's why I am forced into metaphor. That's one reason, but others are the nature of my language and the nature of the pictorial object I end up with. I'm forced into the use of metaphors, because, if you particularise too much, especially about private emotions, they would remain in the painting. In fact, the more I think about this, my pictures are totally metaphorical, but in a way that is of necessity rather than by design." (Howard Hodgkin as quoted in Exh. cat. The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Howard Hodgkin: Forty Paintings: 1973-84, 1984).

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