Hockney, David. YVES MARIE. S.A.C. 159. Lithograph, 1974. Edition of 75, plus 24 proofs. Printed in New York by William Law, on Rives BFK paper and published by Petersburg Press. 30 X 22 3/8 inches (sheet). In Excellent condition.
Among all the young men, however, there was only one serious lover. Writing to Henry Geldzahler in January 1974 about a proposed trip to New York, Hockney announced, “Yves-Marie has entered my life. I asked him to come to New York with me, although it’s a bit difficult with his mother and school etc., so I don’t know if he’ll come, but don’t be surprised if he arrives with me.”63 Yves-Marie Hervé, always referred to as “Yves-Marie de Paris,” was a young student at the École du Louvre to whom Hockney was attempting to teach some English. “He was a very pretty boy with masses of dark hair falling forward,” Kasmin remembers. “He was a gay man’s dream boy, nice-natured, willing, not at all camp; he looked like someone who needed to be loved. It was impossible not to like him. He was desirable even if you weren’t gay.”64 To Celia Birtwell he was “super French, and he had this wonderful draped hair. I can see why David liked him; he looked marvellous, he was a wonderful poser and he knew how to dress. He was petite, like a toy.”65