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          Artwork details

          Rain, 1984-9, 1984-89
          Artist
          Howard Hodgkin
          Product code
          howhod052
          Artwork code
          T05771
          Artist code
          1295
          Oil paint on composite panel. Purchased by Tate in 1990

          Although seemingly abstract, Hodgkin's paintings are rooted in everyday reality. He has stated: "I start out with the subject and naturally I have to remember first of all what it looked like, but it would also perhaps contain a great deal of feeling and sentiment. All of that has got to be somehow transmuted, transformed or made, into a physical object." Rain is one of his largest paintings, and suggests a landscape viewed through a window, with lowering storm clouds and squalls shafting down.

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          Artist details

          Howard Hodgkin is an English painter, printmaker and collector. His use of large, vibrant strokes of bright colours in is work has led to him often being associated with Pop Art. Hodgkin uses painting to capture emotions and events from his past. His paintings are generally small in scale as he chose to use the traditional European method of easel painting. In the 1970’s Hodgkin’s work shifted to a more complex use of patterning. He used these new techniques to create a variety of moods.

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