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First Portrait of Terence McInerney
Date: 1981
Culture: British
Dimensions: frame: 50 x 55 1/8 in. (127 x 140 cm) panel: 45 x 49 7/8 in. (114.3 x 126.7 cm)
Medium: oil on wood
Credit Line: Gift of Richard and Ethel Groos
Label Text: Howard Hodgkin, born in London in 1932, studied and taught in England for many years before showing his works for the public in a series of traveling exhibitions throughout the world. In his paintings, he works from a particular visual subject and gradually transforms it. The manner of this transformation is conditioned by various factors: by the aesthetic demands of the picture itself (for example, composition and color relationships), stylistic influences (Matisse, among others) and his own personality. The result is a curious intensity. Hodgkin's titles restate the original subject; in this case, a portrait. First Portrait of Terence McInerney hovers just on nature's side of complete abstractedness, joining a convincing sense of life with abstraction and flatness.
Object Number: 1996/7.40
Currently on view