The Older Rapunzel from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
1969

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

From March onwards, Hockney is engrossed in a new series of 39 etchings, Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, so much so that he makes very few paintings for the rest of the year. He works with Paul Cornwall-Jones, [NESTED]who has recently established Petersburg Press, and Maurice Payne does the printing. Reviewing Kasmin Limited’s exhibition of Six Fairy Tales for the Observer, Nigel Gosling writes: “The images are odd and touching at the same time …. Anybody (particularly if he also appreciates fine engraving) who sighs for the hard innocence of childhood and the weightless flight of its dreams should get a look at these little visions.” Aside from the editioned portfolios, a miniature book is published by Oxford University Press in a planned edition of 2,000; ultimately, more than 150,000 copies are sold.

Catherina Dorothea Viehmann from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm", 1969
Catherina Dorothea Viehmann from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm", 1969

They’re fascinating, the little stories, told in a very simple, direct, straightforward language and style; it was this simplicity that attracted me. They cover quite a strange range of experience, from the magical to the moral. My choice of stories was occasionally influenced by how I might illustrate them. For example, Old Rinkrank was included because the story begins with the sentence, "A King built a glass mountain." I loved the idea of finding how you draw a glass mountain; it was a little graphic problem. I included other stories simply because they were strange.

Studies for 'The Glass Mountain', 1969


The Little Sea Hare

The Princess in Her Tower from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Boy Hidden in an Egg from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Boy Hidden in a Fish from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Princess Searching from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"


Fundevogel

A Wooded Landscape from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Cook from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Pot Boiling from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Rose and the Rose Stalk from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Church Tower and the Clock from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Lake from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"


Rapunzel

Rapunzel Growing in the Garden from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Enchantress in Her Garden from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Enchantress with the Baby Rapunzel from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Older Rapunzel from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Tower had One Window from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Study for 'The Princess in Her Tower from 'Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm', 1969

They’re more complex than my previous etchings. First of all, instead of using aquatints to get tone I decided on a method of cross-hatching, which I used throughout. I just stumbled across it, and thought it was quite a good way to do it. And then I found that you can get a very rich black by cross-hatching, then etching, then putting wax on again, and then drawing another cross-hatching on top on another, on another; the ink gets very thick …. It was a step forward for me in etching techniques.

Studies of Catherina Dorothea Viehmann and Wilhelm Grimm
Study for 'The Boy Hidden in an Egg'
Studies for 'The Boy Hidden in a Fish'
Studies for 'The Enchantress in her Garden'
Studies for 'The Enchantress in her Garden,' 'The Enchantress with the Baby Rapunzel,' and 'Cold Water about to hit the Prince'
Studies for 'Digging Up Glass,' 'The Glass Mountain,' 'A Black Cat Leaping,' and 'The Sexton Disguised as a Ghost'
Studies for 'Corpses on Fire'
Study for 'Cold Water about to hit the Prince'
Study for 'The Glass Mountain'
Studies for 'The Rescued Princess,' 'The Glass Mountain' and 'Gold'
Studies for 'The Older Rapunzel,' 'Pleading for the Child' and 'Straw on the Left, Gold on the Right'
Study for 'Riding around on a Cooking Spoon'
Studies for 'He Tore Himself in Two'
Three Studies for "Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Study for 'Pleading for the Child'
Old Peasant from Brenghel (Study for "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm")
Studies for "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"


The Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear

Home from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Bell Tower from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Sexton Disguised as a Ghost from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Sexton Disguised as a Ghost Stood Still as Stone from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Corpses on Fire from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Haunted Castle from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Carpenter's Bench, a Knife and Fire from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
A Black Cat Leaping from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Lathe and Fire from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Inside the Castle from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Cold Water About to Hit the Prince from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"


Old Rinkrank

Old Rinkrank Threatens the Princess from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Digging Up Glass from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Glass Mountain Shattered from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
The Rescued Princess from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"


Rumpelstilzchen

Gold from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
A Room Full of Straw from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Straw on the Left, Gold on the Right from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Pleading for the Child from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
Riding Around on a Cooking Spoon from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"
He Tore Himself in Two from "Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm"

Holiday in France

Hockney and Peter Schlesinger holiday over the summer with Patrick Procktor in the South of France; and with Celia Birtwell, Ossie Clark, Paul Kasmin, and Henry Geldzahler at Le Nid du Duc. In September, they visit the spa town of Vichy, before returning to London, where Hockney is the best man at the wedding of Birtwell and Clark. He immediately begins [NESTED]making sketches for the newlyweds’ double-portrait. He is also planning a painting from photographs taken in the park at Vichy. Painting is very much on Hockney’s mind despite Powis Terrace’s present status as an etching studio.

GA-008 p. 24
GA-008 p. 24
Study for "Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy" I
Study for 'Le Parc des Sources, Vichy'
GA 008 p. 25
An Imaginary Landscape
Glass Table with Objects
Vase and Flowers
Still Life
Wayne Sleep
Portrait of Felix Mann
The Connoisseur
Pretty Tulips
Celia
Peter

Exhibitions

Solo

  • Paintings and Prints by David Hockney, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (Feb 21–Mar 15); catalogue with a text by Mario Amaya.
  • David Hockney, André Emmerich Gallery, New York (Apr 26–May 15).
  • Graphics, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, St. Catherines, Ontario (Nov 7–30); catalogue.
  • Etchings, Kasmin Limited, London (opens Dec 10).

Group

  • Ars 69 Helsinki, Ateneumin taidemuseo, Helsinki (Mar 8–Apr 13); travels to Tampereen nykytaiteen museo, Tampere (Apr 20–May 11); catalogue.
  • Marks on a Canvas, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (May 18–Jul 13); travels to Kunstverein Hanover (Aug 10–Sep 7) and Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna (Sep 27–Nov 9); catalogue.
  • Pop Art Redefined, Hayward Gallery, London (Jul 9–Sep 3); catalogue.
  • Artists from the Kasmin Gallery, Arts Council Gallery, Ulster Museum, Belfast (Aug 1–30); catalogue.
  • 12 britische Artisten: Graphik und Objekte, Künstlerhaus Wien (Sep 18–Oct 19); catalogue.
  • Englische Grafik Heute, Schloss Wolfsburg (Nov 16–Dec 14); catalogue.
  • The Rake’s Progress: William Hogarth, David Hockney, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Dec 13, 1969–Jan 25, 1970).