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Luncheon at the British Embassy Tokyo Feb 16th 1983

David Hockney (English, born in 1937)


Framed 119.4 x 213 cm (47 x 83 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photographic collage

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe



For Hockney, photographic collages are interesting because they destroy the sense of fixed time and space inherent in a single photograph, splintering the view into a series of glances and more closely replicating the way we actually see the world. During the mid-1980s, the artist produced more than two hundred collages of standard color prints that were developed at his local photo shop. Each collage documents a specific event; this one resulted from Hockney’s trip to Japan for a conference. It captures both the setting of the luncheon and the character and demeanor of the guests (including the artist himself, slyly identified by his place card and rolls of film).


The artist; with André Emmerich Gallery, New York; 1983, purchased by William L. Jorgenson, Danvers, MA; gift to MFA, Boston, September 20, 2000

Credit Line

Gift of William L. Jorgenson


© David Hockney