Signed 'David Hockney' in pencil, lower right, and numbered 3/50, lower left. Printed on Barcham Green handmade paper by C.H.Welch, London, and published by Editions Alecto in 1963 (sheet bears their blindstamp). Edition of 50 plus 10 proofs.
This etching shows the shy, and comparatively diminutive, rake taking shelter under a tree as he gazes in awe at a pair of lithe and muscular joggers in their minute shorts racing through central park. The title of this etching was lifted straight from advertisements for body building which Hockney had pored over in magazines such as ‘Physical Pictorial’ which his friend Mark Berger had shown him in London. These magazines had fuelled Hockney’s fantasies for idealised and eroticised male American bodies and the more free and liberal gay life that was available in New York.
Reference: Tokyo 17.
Collections: Tate Gallery (London), V & A (London), MOMA (New York), Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, National Gallery of Australia (Canberra).
Plate Size: 30.3 x 40.3 cm
Paper Size: 49 x 58 cm