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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (printed)

  • Date:

    1982 (printed)
    1982 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hodgkin, Howard Sir, born 1932 - died 2017 (artist)
    Solodkin, Judith, born 1945 (printer)
    Sparling, Cinda (printer)
    Solo Press (printer)
    Bernard Jacobson (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper, with hand-colouring

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 79, box L

The British painter Howard Hodgkin (born 1932) works in an Abstract Expressionist style (in which abstract forms suggest a variety of moods and emotions or relate in some formal way to patterns found in landscape, portraiture, etc.). Rarely, however, are his works completely abstract. In this expansive lithograph Hodgkin evokes the exuberance and inventiveness of 18th-century Indian chintz hangings, which were large enough to cover entire walls. There are many examples in the Museum's collection. Bleeding is also an interesting example of the contribution that professional printers can make to an image. Hodgkin was very particular about the hand colouring of this work and demonstrated his wishes to Cinda Sparling, who then, in the printing process went on to contribute her own marks. Nevertheless, the result is a print of great vibrancy and freshness.

Physical description

Abstract composition in reds and greens, printed from three plates with a green wash, an orange to red blend, sap green and crimson. There are floral motifs and strips of repeated patterns similar to wallpaper, alongside bold thick lines of reds and greens. Signed by the artist in pencil and with copy number.

Place of Origin

New York (printed)


1982 (printed)
1982 (published)


Hodgkin, Howard Sir, born 1932 - died 2017 (artist)
Solodkin, Judith, born 1945 (printer)
Sparling, Cinda (printer)
Solo Press (printer)
Bernard Jacobson (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper, with hand-colouring

Marks and inscriptions

H.H. 82
Signature;date; pencil



Height: 91.8 cm, Width: 151.5 cm

Descriptive line

Lithograph from three hand-coloured plates by Howard Hodgkin entitled 'Bleeding'. 1982.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Miller, Elizabeth. Hand Coloured British Prints. London: Published by Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987.


Paper; Ink


Colour lithography; Hand colouring

Subjects depicted

Colour; Red; Green; Subject; Floral



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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