Mango, 1990-1991

Howard Hodgkin was one of Britain’s most important painters and printmakers. His prints are considered equal in importance to his paintings and often relate to memories and private experiences, without being overly illustrational. Even though Hodgkin was keen to keep the two mediums separate, the prints, often overlaid with hand-colouring, have a painterly feel. Mango is a good example of this and reveals Hodgkin’s command of colour and directness as a printmaker. He said of Mango and other works from this period, "I tried to make them simple and in some way - not charming exactly - but soothing to the eye."