Tick it, Tock it, Turn it True, from The Blue Guitar
etching and aquatint in colors, on Inveresk mould-made paper, 1976-1977, signed in pencil, numbered 168/200 (there were also 37 artist's proofs), published by Petersburg Press, London and New York, with the stamped-title on the reverse, with full margins, in very good condition, framed
Image: 1634 x 1312 in. (426 x 343 mm.)
Sheet: 2034 x 18 in. (527 x 457 mm.)
Scottish Arts Council 213; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 192
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Hockney was inspired by Wallace Stevens’s poem “The Man with the Blue Guitar” (1937) to create ten drawings in colored inks and crayons. He then collaborated with the printer Aldo Crommelynck to translate the drawings into a series of twenty mixed intaglio prints using a color-etching process initially developed for Picasso. Throughout the series Hockney inserted motifs in homage to Picasso such as the still life on the table in the foreground of this sheet, which is inspired by a Picasso painting.

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