David Hockney, The Print Collector - Portrait of Felix Man, a lithograph in grey

England, AD 1969

Portrait of a connoisseur

Felix Man (1893-1985) was a pioneer of photojournalism who, after beginning his career in Germany, fled the Nazis in the mid-1930s and found work in Britain. He made his reputation for his photographic contributions to the illustrated magazine Picture Post, where he developed his distinctive and influential style of the photo-essay. After the Second World War (1939-1945), Man formed a remarkable collection of prints dedicated to the history of lithography from its invention by Alois Senefelder in 1798 to the present day. His collection of over a thousand lithographs was later purchased by the National Gallery of Australia in 1972.

In this masterly lithographic portrait, David Hockney (born 1937) captures the personality and passions of this shrewd collector. As well as publishing books on the history of lithography, Man also promoted contemporary European printmaking by commissioning and co-publishing a series of nine print portfolios entitled Europäische Graphik in the 1960s and early 1970s. This portrait comes from the seventh portfolio which contained lithographs by current British artists, including Howard Hodgkin and Allen Jones. It is one of seventeen lithographs, mostly from the Europäische Graphik portfolios and formerly in Felix Man's collection, which The British Museum purchased from his widow.

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David Hockney, The Print Collector - Portrait of Felix Man, a lithograph in grey

© 2001 David Hockney


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F. Man, Man with camera: photographs f (New York, Schocken Books, 1984)

A. Brighton, David Hockney prints, 1954-77 (Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978)

F. Man, Artists lithographs: a world h (London, Studio Vista, 1970)

F. Man, Homage to Senefelder: artists (London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1971)


Height: 760.000 mm
Width: 530.000 mm

Museum number

PD 1997-1-19-16



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