- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781419702808
- ISBN-13: 978-1419702808
- ASIN: 1419702807
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.5 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture 1st Edition
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About the Author
Marco Livingstone is an art historian and independent curator and the author of numerous books about postwar art. Margaret Drabble is an English novelist, biographer, and critic. Tim Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Xavier Salomon is the curator of Southern Baroque paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Martin Gayford is a writer focusing on art and jazz.
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We planned a vacation in London in large part to see this exhibit and the Lucian Freud exhibit that was showing at the same time. I was expecting to be disappointed - after all, with the expense of a trip to London for a vacation, the bar is set rather high to see something spectacular. It was nothing like I expected. I thought I would miss the boys in the swimming pools, but I quickly forgot everything I thought I knew about this artist.
I have never seen such a well organized yet intimate exhibit - David is clearly not bashful. The paintings, large and small, drew me in, and refreshed my view of the wonder in nature. I was a small boy seeing his first tadpole. He even showed his practice paintings, as I call them - works that reflected his journey rather than the destination (I hope the journey continues for some time - David, take your vitamins).
I think simple is very hard - and what David showed is, at its heart, simple. His focus, joy, and delight at transforming (take no offense) bleary English landscapes into beauty to behold was a wonder. I saw what he saw.
Perhaps I am not a sophisticated arts critic, but I love color - orange, blue, and purple, bring it on. His painting spoke to us in a language seldom heard. Yes, it was crowded with people, children, and dogs (well, no dogs). That is what most museums are like, but the exhibit was so well managed and fit for the space that we did not care. I wish I could remodel my house to make it fit his paintings in the same way David made his paintings fit this space.
Five stars, or six if they would let me.
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I grew up in Warter and this book brings back many memories of my childhood.
The colours, the images, the atmospheric views are just stunning.