The secret of the life of Sir Howard Hodgkin

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Turner Prize-winning artist Sir Howard Hodgkin, who died in March, was famous for its highly colorful and the life of the images.

What is much less known is her secret “addiction” to buying other people’s art.

“I think of the collection as a virus,” he once said. “And I was infected.”

Now your partner, Antony Peattie, is the sale of more than 350 works in the auction via Sotheby s.


The couple shared a four-story Georgian town house, close to the British Museum in London, for 30 years.

I was filled with prints, paintings, carpets, fragments of mosaics, sculptures and books, collected by Hodgkin during his adolescence and that covers the entire wall and the surface.

“When he won money, he spent on the objects,” said Peattie. “It was work-related.


“He collects in order to feed his soul, which meant he was then able to work. He called the water to the mill.”

But Sir Howard did not would like to hang your photos in your home.

“I could not bear to see his own work when he is finished,” said Peattie.

“He was always concerned about the production of a better job. He felt that what he had done stood in the way of what I was going to do.”


Hodgkin chose only to hang pictures painted by his friends in the walls of your home.

They include Patrick Caulfield, Sir Peter Blake and the Indian artist Bupen Khakhar.

“Masterpieces are impossible to live with,” Hodgkin said once. “The demand for too much attention.”

Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that he also believed in what he called “jewelry for the home”: objects with little apparent practical use, including an ostrich egg decorated and a huge wooden salmon.


Hodgkin was also a voracious reader who was devoted to the works of Agatha Christie. Peattie thinks that provides a welcome distraction from the painting.

“You read as a child. Because he knew the stories so well, that he allowed his mind to free itself from trivia, and work.”

The Sotheby’s sale on October 24, includes 117 works by or about the famous mystery novelist.

Peattie says that there are two reasons behind his decision to sell his deceased partner objects. The first is practical.


“Howard left a letter of wishes in which he left us a lot of money to a lot of people, that I can only meet once there is a sale,” he explains.

“But on top of that, when I came back from the funeral and I came home and was so full of Howard, however, he was not there, it was very disturbing because the objects are so closely associated with him.

“So I knew I needed to start again. I don’t want to live in a sanctuary, and this seemed to me a very good way to change things and recognize that after 33 years, everything has changed.”

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