Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at Young V&A
Imagine Gallery, Adventure, North wall

Snow

Print
1973 (printed and published)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

David Hockney first visited California in 1964 and visited and worked there from time to time until he decided in 1978 to settle there permanently. In 1965 he worked on A Hollywood Collection, a suite of prints, with master printer Ken Tyler, who ran the printmaking studio Gemini GEL. Although he made other prints with Gemini in the years between 1965 and 1973, The Weather Series was the second major suite made there. It is in part inspired by the representation of weather in Japanese prints. This image, with its hilly peaks softened by falling snow against a grey sky, snow laden branches simply depicted on the right, and three soft brown shapes which could be houses, lending scale to the scene, is the most Japanese in feeling.


Object details

Category
Object type
Titles
  • Snow (assigned by artist)
  • The Weather Series (series title)
Materials and techniques
Colour lithograph and screenprint on paper
Brief description
David Hockney: Snow. One of a suite of 6 prints entitled 'The Weather Series' 1973
Physical description
Snowy landscape with hilly peaks soften by falling snow against a grey sky; snow laden leafy branches bending into the picture from the right and 3 small brown shapes which could be houses rapidly being submerged by the snow. The most Japanese in feeling of all the images in this suite of prints
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 118cm
  • Sheet width: 84.5cm
Production typeLimited edition
Copy number
50/98
Marks and inscriptions
David Hockney 73/ Snow/ 50/98 (Signed and dated in green crayon. Inscribed with title in blue crayon. Numbered in green crayon. Stamped on the back of the sheet with the printer's/publisher's mark)
Gallery label
A quilt of snow Japanese art inspired David Hockney to make this picture of a snowy scene. Fresh, white snow can be very beautiful, but not always easy to move through – you’ll need to dress and pack properly. Snow print Made by David Hockney Published and printed by Gemini GEL 1973 Los Angeles, USA Museum no. CIRC.56-1975 [Young V&A, Imagine Gallery, Adventure, short object label](01/07/2023)
Production
Catalogue Raisonné: N = Nottingham: Midland Group Galleries 'David Hockney Prints 1954-1977' Nottingham 1979.

Attribution note: From a suite of six prints
Subject depicted
Summary
David Hockney first visited California in 1964 and visited and worked there from time to time until he decided in 1978 to settle there permanently. In 1965 he worked on A Hollywood Collection, a suite of prints, with master printer Ken Tyler, who ran the printmaking studio Gemini GEL. Although he made other prints with Gemini in the years between 1965 and 1973, The Weather Series was the second major suite made there. It is in part inspired by the representation of weather in Japanese prints. This image, with its hilly peaks softened by falling snow against a grey sky, snow laden branches simply depicted on the right, and three soft brown shapes which could be houses, lending scale to the scene, is the most Japanese in feeling.
Associated objects
Bibliographic references
  • N.140: N: Nottingham: Midland Group Galleries 'David Hockney Prints 1954-1977' Nottingham, 1979 Photocopies of the printing documentation are available for reference in the Departmental fies under Hockney. These show signatures of the printers involved [information taken from old paper catalogue sheets]
  • Taken from Departmental Circulation Registers: 1975
  • Print Documentation from Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, signed by Master Printer Kenneth Tyler and David Hockney Taken from Departmental Circulation Registers: 1975
Other number
N.140
Collection
Accession number
CIRC.56-1975

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Record createdMarch 21, 2008
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