Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dinner at Smith Square

Howard Hodgkin

This oil on board and wood painting was inspired by the many nights Hodgkin spent dining with friends in Smith Square, London. In an interview he mentioned, "Two old friends talking across their table below a small panting by Bonnard. The husband once said, "How much more beautiful is a picture in black and white!" I tried to do this, but failed." At first, my eyes were drawn to the many colors displayed in this painting. I then noticed he created his own frame within the painting and I love how he painted beyond it. The different strokes create texture especially for the green and red object. The green and red object appears to pop out, perhaps because it wasn't a part of his original idea.

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