The 1972 drawing, produced by Hockney as a working study for his Portrait Of An Artist (Pool With Two Figures), is coming to auction at Sotheby’s in London next month where it is predicted to fetch £150,000.
He sketched the image, which is signed and marked Saint Tropez, during an intensive burst of work after splitting up with his boyfriend Peter Schlesinger, who is shown standing over the pool.Frances Christie, head of the auction house’s Modern British department, said its “intimate” appeal would attract collectors. She said: “It is just larger than a piece of A4 paper and you can see how with just a few strokes he does so much.”
The completed canvas is one of the centrepieces of the Tate’s exhibition. It is the most extensive retrospective of Hockney’s work ever staged and Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson said they were anticipating it would be “one of the most visited exhibitions in the Tate’s history”.
Source: London Evening Standard