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.