The Enchantress With the Baby Rapunzel
This etching is from Hockney’s Grimm’s Fairytale series. The Enchantress sits like an Italian Renaissance Madonna with the baby Rapunzel on her lap, in front of a landscape reminiscent of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Annunciation. Hockney’s unfailing instinct for placement and his restrained simplicity makes the composition beautifully harmonious, and focusses us on the evil intent on the face of the Enchantress, with her hooked nose, pointed chin and lank hair that hint at traditional images of witches.
David Hockney OM CH RA (born 1937) is a British painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. At the age of 81, he is one of the most notable and
His work has been featured in more than 400 solo exhibitions and over 500 group exhibitions. He had his first one-man show at Kasmin Limited when he was just 26, in 1963, and by 1970 the Whitechapel Gallery in London had organised the first of several major retrospectives, which subsequently travelled to three major European institutions.
In October 2006, the National Portrait Gallery in London organised one of the largest ever displays of Hockney’s portraiture work. Hockney assisted in displaying the works and the exhibition, which ran until January 2007, was one of the gallery’s most successful. In 2009, “David Hockney: Just Nature” attracted some 100,000 visitors at the Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.
In 2017 David Hockney was presented at the Tate Britain. The exhibition marked Hockney’s 80th year and traveled to the Centre Georges Pompidou and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The wildly popular retrospective landed among the top ten ticketed exhibitions in London and Paris for 2017 with over 4,000 visitors per day at the Tate and over 5,000 visitors per day at the Pompidou.
Hockney’s work is housed in major public collections all over the world, including those of the Tate and the National Portrait Gallery in London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York; and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Most recently, his monumental stained glass window to celebrate the Queen’s reign was unveiled in Westminster Abbey.