Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy
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Do you recognise the painting?
Listen to the guide. Complete the following extracts.
I'm going to talk to you about this painting: Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy by David Hockney.
It's on loan from Tate Gallery.
It's a portrait of Ossie Clarke and Celia Birtwell.
Ossie Clarke was a ___ ___ and Celia Birtwell...
The couple, independently moved down to London, to Notting Hill and they ___ married in 1969.
David Hockney was the best man at their ___.
... you can tell that he spent a rather long time working on it.
and they had to pose for him for a very long time.
He also ___ photographs to work from in his studio...
He said he wanted to capture the tension within their ___ but they actually chose to pose for him in this particular way with Celia standing and Ossie seated.
Usually, you would have the man standing in the position of ___ and the woman being submisive whilst seated with her husband.
... but here we see them divided by their window
... is working "contre-jour" which is when the light source is behind the subject
The majority of the painting is painted fairly flatly but ...
Now he says he had a lot of ___ with Ossie's head in particular and that he painted Ossie's head twelve times
His __ look very sensual in this work
He has Celia looking out at us very softly but Ossie is looking at us with a very different attitude...
... after Ossie had just got out of bed, he was slouched in a chair, he hadn't put his ___ on as yet
He is giving us a ___ of flowers, the book is laying on the table...
... and other items he includes is one of his own works from The Rake's Progress.
And the couple actually divorced just three years after this portrait was finished
The couple did have two children by that point but the relationship ___ down due to Ossie's fast living and drug taking.
... and she has remained one of his muses and he paints and draws many portraits of her
This particular work is one of the nation's favourites. Back in 2005 the BBC Today programme held a poll on the nation's favourite painting...