1969-1999

Celia Birtwell

43 works

Hockney created portraits of his friend and muse, Celia Birtwell, in a variety of media over many years. He developed a particular intimacy with her, losing concern about capturing her likeness and feeling free to experiment since he was so familiar with her face. According to Hockney, “Celia has a beautiful face, a very rare face with lots of things in it which appeal to me. It shows aspects of her, like her intuitive knowledge and her kindness, which I think is the greatest virtue. To me she’s such a special person.”