Into the Woods, Summer, 2000-2001

Howard Hodgkin was one of Britain’s most important painters and printmakers. His prints are considered equal in importance to his paintings and 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-colour, have a very painterly feel. Into the Woods, Summer shows of this layered approach. The work is part of a set of carborundum etchings, each one representing the four seasons.  They are larger than most of his paintings and convey a vitality, almost a wildness, only hinted at previously in some of his unique works.