Julian Barnes, Pictures by Sir Howard Hodgkin
This private press publication, bringing together a painter and a writer of world rank, marks a rare contemporary approach to the form of the artists book, which has engaged many of the great modern artists and writers.
The wonderfully poignant short story by Julian Barnes is taken from his collection, Cross Channel. Howard Hodgkin responds to this haunting tale of an Englishwoman's obsessive visits to her brother's First World War grave in France with etchings and hand colourings, interspersed within the text.
The book comprises six original etchings, four with hand colouring, and a hand painted frontispiece, bound with the text, in hand painted blue wrappers. Each collector will, in effect, be purchasing their own individual and unique set of Hodgkin prints.
Limited to 150 copies numbered and signed by the writer and the artist. The book, in hand painted blue wrappers, comprises six original etchings. The bound book is encased in a silver clothbound sleeve and enclosed in a cardboard box and sleeve.
SPECIAL BLUE EDITION
Limited to 50 copies and signed by the writer and the artist. This edition comprises the etchings of the standard edition but in addition each page of the book is hand painted, and two individual prints, signed by the artist, are included. The bound book and the loose prints are enclosed in a sleeve and portfolio box in silver bookcloth.