The Student – Homage to Picasso
Hard and soft ground etching with aquatint on paper
57.5 x 44 cm
Purchased with aid from the Art Fund, the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection (Friends of Wakefield Art Gallery and Museums), and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, 1991 © David Hockney. Photography Jerry Hardman-Jones
Born in Bradford, Hockney made regular visits as a student at Bradford College of Art to the contemporary art exhibitions held at the former Wakefield Art Gallery.
His early exposure to avant-garde artistic practice was furthered by studying at the Royal College of Art in the early 1960s, where he became part of a new generation of contemporary British painters.
This print pays homage to one of Hockney’s heroes, a young Pablo Picasso, in which the artist is literally put onto a pedestal. The work reveals Hockney’s mastery of the etching medium and his consummate draughtsmanship.