The Easel

Howard Hodgkin, Whose Paintings Were Coded With Emotion, Dies At 84

Critics describe Howard Hodgkin as focused on emotional interiors, a subject explored in particular by Bonnard. Hodgkin described himself in similar terms: “I paint representational pictures of emotional situations.” But neither characterization pinpoints why he was so distinctive and so lauded. One critic gives an answer – “the finest colourist in painting since Mark Rothko.” More commentaries are here.