Hockney: A retrospective of reflection bY KATE samoletova

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures), 1972

Blending simple shapes and complex movements with obvious homoerotic overtones, Hockney changed the representation of Los Angeles about himself, and became his most famous painter. Significant influence on the subjects and manner of the artist's letters had both bright Californian colors and rectangular architecture of Californian buildings. In his work predominate ornamental elements, they are designed in bright, clear colors and create the effect of variability of space and light.

The painting "Portrait of an Artist" was written at a time when Hockney was depressed after a break with his beloved Peter Schlesinger.

This work was a key element of the film "The Great Splash" of Jack Hazan, released on the screens in 1974. The canvas, which gave the name of a semi-documentary film, was written by Hockney at the height of love. Hazan, who in his film made the main emphasis on the homosexual love drama, built a narrative around the "Portrait of the artist". The picture became a symbol of alienation, the abyss that lies between formerly close people.

Hockney, David. A Large Diver (Paper Pool 27), 1978 colored and pressed paper pulp

The second half of the 70's was marked for David Hockney by his fascination with large-scale works. The results of his experiments in this field can be found under the name Paper Pools.

Photo from the book "Twenty Photographic Pictures", 1976

In 1976, David released the album "Twenty Photographic Pictures", which successfully sold out. For his time, Hockney proposed "real art", but the real art was in the ability to sell his art.

Hockney, David. A Bigger Splash, 1967 acrylic on canvas, 96x96 in.

"The pools on the canvas are not quite what they seem to the public," he says. - The meaning is not only that you have a small blue pond in front of you, to look at which is a pleasure. The most important thing in them is a smooth surface - water, and on a smooth surface everything happens that you want, and I'm interested in this thin membrane of water transparency. " He also enjoys the task of capturing the atmosphere of a particular moment. "I like the idea of ​​drawing something that lasts two seconds; To draw an event that lasted two seconds, it takes two weeks. " His approach to this idea is well illustrated by the picture "Big splash", where the rest of a motionless sunny day is disturbed by only one visible movement - a splash of water from the surface of the pool, caused by the jump of the invisible diver from the springboard drawn in the foreground.

David Hockney - Une Autre Piscine a Minuit, 1978 colored and pressed paper pulp 72x85
DAVID HOCKNEY / Paper Pools - Pool On a Cloudy Day, 1978 colored and pressed

Cheating is an excellent idea. Thanks. Very similar to the truth, and I did not see it at all.

With the first pool it is absolutely so. Action in progress. The action is not completed. Something will happen. Someone is scary / beautiful / scary and beautiful now how to come up! We are waiting for the continuation. But there is nothing. We were deceived. It's just a splash.

But the last two swimming pools with these springboards, kindly prepared for us - no, they are quite different, there is still something more. These colors are waiting for us.

There is a feeling that it fuses together something metaphysical (heating up our expectations) with absolutely profane, with a shell. But our expectations of a big event are so heated that we see in this envelope what was expected - an event.

Metaphysics is in his paintings. We brought it there. And Hockney made us do it.

Still, the magic effect gives a combination of plot and cardboard world.

HOCKNEY David, Gregory in the Pool 1 (Paper Pool 4), 1978

Often Hockney portrayed in his paintings the pools of California, which he first saw from the airplane window. "When my plane flew over San Bernardino, and I saw pools and houses, and the sun - it worried me more than any other city ...", the artist recalled. On the "Gregory in the pool" painting put up for sale, Hockney portrayed his friend, who for several decades appeared on his paintings.

David does not write to order, he draws only friends, relatives and relatives of his spirit of people in appreciation and respect. Therefore, the portraits created by the artist not only perfectly demonstrate the external resemblance to the model, but also reveal the inner world of the person depicted.

Hockney, David. Picture of a Hollywood Swimming Pool, 1964 acrylic on canvas

Significant influence on the subjects and manner of the artist's letters were the colors of Californian nature and the rectangular architecture of buildings, the features of saturation and shapes that are seen in many paintings.

His works include obligatory ornamental elements, sustained in catchy and transparent colors, which creates the effect of playing space and light.

Hockney, David. Afternoon Swimming,lithograph in colours, 1979, on Arches Cover mould-made paper, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 1/55 (there were also 18 artist's proofs), published by Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York, with their blindstamp, the full sheet, in excellent condition, framed Image & Sheet 805 x 1005 mm.

Hockney says that he does not know the secret of the eternity of this or that portrait, but the pictures that come out from under his hand become symbolic, detached from the influence of time and environment. He mixes shape and movement, the illusion of light, space and volume

On the one hand, the mechanics of the work of the market of modern "elite" art in general, and pop art in particular, is becoming noticeable. On the other hand, in an era of postmodernism, when extremes in the mind replace one another, and even completely coexist peacefully, with the form and content of modern visual art strange things also begin to occur, and even about the variability of perception we will not even stutter - so a person's view can Be radically different from yours; So different that it is simply unacceptable.

In such a situation, an "objective" assessment always involves wickedness, and the torture of factual analysis, which confirms the correctness of one particular point of view, is nothing more than an elegant imposition of one's own opinion, which, incidentally, is actively engaged in profile media and even more authoritative structures, Technically, a relationship that does not. Not for nothing, specifically in England, outstanding personalities are awarded with titles and orders. However, all this only concerns the formation of the image of the creator, whose art can not now be viewed outside this context.

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