ILLICIT PLEASURE FULFILLED / by Leo Crane

David Hockney, The Beginning, 1966

David Hockney, The Beginning, 1966

“Their illicit pleasure has been fulfilled” – this is the opening line of Cavafy’s poem The Beginning. Hockney captures the deliciously fulfilled post-coital moment in this etching, one of a series of images conceived as visual equivalents to Cavafy’s homoerotic works. But the poem shifts to revel in the powerful memory that remains from such a fleeting moment. Hockney responds with a direct stare from the two male nudes, compelling us to hold their moment in our memories, a lasting, nostalgic, erotic force.

Source: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hockne...