Red Celia, from the series Moving Focus

  • David Hockney, Red Celia, from the series Moving Focus, 1984, color lithograph on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of James A. and Marsha Perry Mateyka in memory of Mary and Peter Perry, 2011.17, © 1984, David Hockney

David Hockney created the Moving Focus series of twenty-nine prints from 1984 through 1986. In contrast to most print series, in which there is usually a cohesion of subject matter, style, and size, the Moving Focus prints include interiors, chairs, vases with flowers, views from a Mexican hotel, and portraits, all of varying sizes. What unifies the series is the artist’s obsession with the depiction of space: the use of reverse perspective, the experience of being within a space, and the exploration of multipoint perspective. This series has been described as Hockney’s dialogue with Picasso.” Red Celia is a portrait of Celia Birtwell, a close friend and favorite model. One of the most direct and powerful images of the series, the pose and execution of this print recall Matisse more than Picasso, and maybe a reference to the friendly rivalry between the two artists.

Multiplicity, 2011

Red Celia, from the series Moving Focus
Not on view
sheet and image: 29 3421 12 in. (75.654.6 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of James A. and Marsha Perry Mateyka in memory of Mary and Peter Perry

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color lithograph on paper
  • Portrait female – unidentified – Celia
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