Important South African & International Art, Decorative Arts & Jewellery

Live Auction, 16 March 2015

Important South African and International Art Evening Sale

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ZAR 159 152
Lot 623
  • David Hockney; Celia Elegant

Lot Estimate
ZAR 100 000 - 150 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 159 152

About this Item

British 1937-
Celia Elegant

signed, dated 79, numbered 89/100 and bears the publisher, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles', blindstamp

sheet size: 103 by 74,5cm


Celia Elegant and Celia Musing are two examples of the numerous portraits with which Hockney has celebrated his close and enduring friendship with the designer Celia Birtwell, who became the artist's muse in 1967.

Birtwell is known for her acclaimed romantic and feminine designs, which provided the drama to her husband Ossie Clark’s cutting-edge clothing designs. Together they were at the top of the fashion industry in London in the 'Swinging Sixties' dressing the era’s jetset and rock aristocracy: the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Twiggy, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Talitha Getty and Marianne Faithfull. The couple are most famously represented in Hockney's large double portrait Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-1, in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London.

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