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Peter C
painting

Hockney, David
Europe, United Kingdom, England
1961

1985.22
First floor: Gallery 9 Changing Displays

oil
111.7 x 40.6 cm

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Peter C 1961

David Hockney born 1937

Oil on board

The subject of this painting is Peter Crutch,
a fellow student at the Royal College of Art.
Hockney's love for Peter was unrequited.
Previously he had fallen for Cliff Richard.

This is an early Pop art painting by Hockney,
distinguished by the use of stencilled letters,
signs and symbols such as the red heart
and Peter C's fashionable clothes.
The style is deliberately naive
with lots of spontaneous brushwork.

Hockney originally intended to paint two portraits of
Peter 'but as he stands so beautifully, I joined the two
together and did a full-length picture'

Purchased 1985.22