Hockney interpreted descriptive passages of text from the Grimms’ sinister story. Here, a sexton (church official) disguises himself to frighten the boy: ‘And he stood there like a stone, not making a sound.’
Hockney draped a handkerchief over a pencil to use as his ‘model’. He also makes an art historical reference to the surrealist artist René Magritte, whose pictures included objects with surfaces painted to look like stone. To create the Brothers Grimm illustrations, Hockney drew
directly onto copper plates. He published two limited editions of 100 but this version is one of 600 unbound copies..