"Parade" by David Hockney, 1981, original screenprint for the Metropolitan Opera, with printed signature (as issued) ; framed size: 81 x 41.25 x 1.5 inches, with an image size of 79.25 x 39.75 inches. A very rare and collectible poster by David Hockney part one of three billboards commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1981. David Hockney (1937- ) an English painter, printmaker, photographer, draughtsman, and stage designer was born in Bradford, England, where he attended the local School of Art from 1953-1957. He is regarded as one of the most popular and versatile artists of the second half of the twentieth century. His work is often associated with the development of British Pop art in the 1960s. He is considered one of the most versatile and broadly influential British artists of the 20th century. He taught at the University of Iowa in 1964. In 1979-1980, Hockney was invited to design the stage sets for a triple bill at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, consisting of Erik Satie’s Parade, and two others short operas. The canvas for Parade, on which the artist based his poster, is drawn from these designs. The ballet introduces the audience to the world of circuses and street fairs, a theme common in all three works. Parade is freely drawn in bold colors and simple forms portraying circus images. The poster is evidence of Hockney’s growing enthusiasm for the work of Picasso, who coincidentally designed the original sets for the ballet in 1917.