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Old Rinkrank threatens the Princess

Old Rinkrank threatens the Princess by David Hockney
Movement
Year
1969
Edition
400
Image size
23 cm x 26.8 cm
Condition
excellent
Signed
signed

David Hockney (b.1937) – Old Rinkrank Threatens the Princess

A stunning Etching and aquatint from ‘Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm’. Printed on handmade, watermarked wove paper and published by Petersburg Press, London.

The Brothers Grimm series of etchings was printed in four editions of 100 (A, B, C &D) with 15 artist’s proofs. Our original Etching and Aquatint is from Edition ‘B’

David Hockney had always loved Grimm’s Fairy Tales and had read all 220 of them. He also admired earlier illustrations to them by Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. In 1969 he decided to make his own images. He especially enjoyed the elements of magic in the tales, and his images focus on his imaginative response to the descriptions in the text rather than attempting to concentrate on the most important events in the narrative. They are therefore more than simply illustrations: they stand on their own as images, independent of the stories.

For instance, Hockney chose Old Rinkrank because it starts with the words ‘A King built a glass mountain’, and he was fascinated by the problem of drawing a glass mountain. He made various attempts, even smashing a sheet of glass and drawing the ragged pieces piled up in a big heap, before finding the solution: he depicted a tree and a house with a glass mountain in front which distorts their reflection. For other images, he turned to earlier artists for inspiration: Uccello for the Prince on horseback in Rapunzel, Bosch for the Enchantress with the baby Rapunzel and Magritte’s surrealist games for the room full of straw in Rumpelstilzchen, as well as Dürer and Leonardo.

Hockney’s images are exuberant, inventive and memorable, and he now considers them to be one of his major successes.

Peter Webb, author of Portrait of David Hockney (Chatto, 1988)

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