Jump, David Hockney
David Hockney
Jump
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David Hockney

Jump, 1960


Dimensions
76.0 x 51.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on hessian
Inventory Number
2141
Acquisition
Acquired in 1980 as donation of citizens of Frankfurt
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

This early work by Hockney is filled with iconographic and stylistic experiments in search of a form of expression for transferring the theme of homosexuality into painting. The title emphasises the action of the visibly rendered jump, which depicts the daringness of an outing. The truncated series of letters ‘Quee’ allows several possibilities of completion. On the one hand, ‘Queen’ can be read; but on the other, ‘Queer’ is also possible. The latter is to be understood as an autobiographical allusion by the artist, one which is enhanced by his initials D. H. as a consequence of the numbering of the alphabetic sequence 4.8 (D=4; H=8).

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Jump (Original Title)
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on hessian
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© David Hockney
Acquisition
Acquired in 1980 as donation of citizens of Frankfurt

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D342(RECTANGLE) regular quadrilateral (RECTANGLE)
Secondary
  • 49D11 numerals
  • 49L1 letters, alphabet, script

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Last update

12.01.2021