Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy
David Hockney
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy
David Hockney (British, Contemporary, b. 1937): Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-1971. Acrylic paint on canvas, 213.4 x 304.8 cm. Tate Britain, London, UK. Image: © Tate. © David Hockney. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



"This is one of a series of large double portraits which Hockney began in 1968 ... Percy is the name of one of the Clarks’ cats ... ‘Mr and Mrs Clark’ are the dress designer Ozzie Clark and the fabric designer Celia Birtwell.

... [Hockney:] 'my main aim was to paint the relationship of these two people.’

... the cat on Ozzie’s lap carries symbolic resonances of the libertine and somebody who disregards rules and does as they please. Viewed in this way, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy recalls the famous portrait of a married couple, The Arnolfini Marriage 1434 (National Gallery, London) by Flemish renaissance painter Jan van Eyck (approximately 1395-1441), in which a small dog at the couple’s feet represents fidelity ... (Catherine Kinley/Elizabeth Manchester, © Tate)

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' "David Hockney really has been one of the most influential British artists of his generation," says Richard Benefield, deputy director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the umbrella organization for the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor). "In fact, he is arguably one of the most influential artists of his generation, period, because, even though he's continued to work in a figurative style, he's been open to exploring every possible technology that's come his way." Hockney is also, like the artist he most cherishes, Picasso, incredibly prolific.' (artltdmag.com © Lifescapes Media, Inc.)

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