Numbered in graphite, lower left: 21//75
Signed and dated in graphite, lower right: David Hockney '75
The relaxed posture of the figure seen here, as well as the lateral gaze with which he looks out from the picture plane, signals a familiar relationship between subject and artist. Hockney has turned to portraiture at several points throughout his career, and from 1968 through the next decade he painted friends, lovers, and relatives in casual poses and domestic settings, with the goal of presenting a realistic likeness of each individual.
Calvin Brown, "James Kraft, Class of 1957, Collection," Record of the Princeton University Art Museum 66 (2007): p. 75–122.
"Contemporary Prints and Photographs: Selections from the Collection of James Kraft, Class of 1957" (Princeton: Princeton University Art Museum, 1998).
"Acquisitions of the Art Museum 1993", Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University 54, no. 2 (1995): p. 46-95.