The Last (Unseen) Works of Hodgkin at the Gagosian

The Last (Unseen) Works of Hodgkin at the Gagosian
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In an enthralling encounter between the hand, the eye and memory, all celebrated by the works of Howard Hodgkin, there is also a place for the scratches and scars on the wood, highlighting the breath of his paintings. In this powerful homage, entitled, significantly, Last Paintings, the Gagosian Gallery dedicates an exhibition to the last period of the artist from London, including the last six paintings completed in India before his death, five of which are on display for the first time, next to another twenty paintings never before seen in Europe. In the colours, in the landscapes that create a bridge between the figurative and the abstract, in that encounter between nature and human temperament, there is the full heritage of the romantics, from Constable to Samuel Palmer. In the final phase of his life and artistic career, the brushstrokes become less, leaving more space to the natural bands of wood. There is also an increase in the artist’s engagement of time itself as a compositional element, the intangibility of thought and fleeting private moments.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London