Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin, Mrs Acton in Delhi, 1967-71, oil on canvas, 122 x 148 cm (© Howard Hodgkin. Courtesy: the artist, Gagosian and The Hepworth Wakefield)
Howard Hodgkin, Mrs Acton in Delhi, 1967-71, oil on canvas, 122 x 148 cm (© Howard Hodgkin. Courtesy: the artist, Gagosian and The Hepworth Wakefield)

Mark Hudson reviews Howard Hodgkin: Painting India at Hepworth Wakefield, on view through October 8, 2017.

Hudson writes: "The paintings he produced in India and in recollection at home are far from straightforward travelogue. For Hodgkin, the subcontinent represented a place apart from the inhibited West, where life was 'transparent': with emotion so close to the surface it was, for him at least, clearly visible. His Indian paintings explore his subjective impressions in compositions which may appear abstract, but are always inspired by some significant encounter or moment of intensity."