Update of February 17, 2020: The painting “The Splash” by David Hockney was sold for more than 27 million euros at auction at Sotheby's in London.
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"The Splash" by David Hockney, will soon make waves 🌊 Painted in 1966, it should bring in more than £ 20 million when it appears in our auction of contemporary art in London on February 11. The painting captures a fleeting moment a few seconds after a diver broke the calm surface of a swimming pool. It is part of a series of three "splashes", the largest of which is a jewel in the @Tate collection. The painting follows the artist's move to Los Angeles a few months earlier. The city was everything the artist from Yorkshire had hoped it would be: a land of possibilities, sunny houses, deep blue pools, palm trees and beautiful bodies, and "The Splash" embodies the warmth, abundance and the pursuit of pleasure that Hockney loved so much in his dreamed California. #davidhockney #sothebyscontemporary #losangeles #instapool #californiadreaming
Known for his masterful work « A Bigger Splash », The artist David Hockney is the Parisian star this week: his work splashes the museum sphere and the auction world.
On June 21, 2017, the Centre Pompidou in collaboration with the Tate Britain from London and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, presented a long-awaited retrospective: it was devoted to the work of David Hockney. Echoing this exhibition, there were two works by the artist subjected to the fire of auction .
Exposure to museum of modern Parisian art celebrates the artist's 80 years, still alive. With more than one hundred and sixty paintings, photographs, engravings, video installations, drawings and works, including the artist's most famous paintings the pools, the double portraits or the monumental landscapes, the exhibition wishes to restore the entire artistic career of David Hockney to his most recent works.
Portrait of an artist (Pool with two characters), 1972 Acrylic on canvas 214 x 305 cm © David Hockney, Photo: Jenni Carter, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Hockney headlining: between showroom and auction hall
The artist, who has always shown his interest intechnical tools for reproduction and modern production of images, notably used the poster. " Artistic creation is an act of sharing " Explain David Hockney. Posters against " mandatory endurance races »As the teenager David Hockney placarded on the information panels of the primary school of Bradford immediately announce an art eager toto challenge, to convey a message as much as to amuse the spectators.
« I was told: I like your posters for such and such a reason, and it was nice The artist confides.
A poster printed in 1986 with a central portrait David Hockney and announcing an exhibition at the Claude Bernard Gallery is offered the 23 June by the auction house Audap-Mirabeau.
The retrospective Picasso What does the Tate Gallery London in the summer 1960 marks durably David Hockney. In Picasso, he borrows his stylistic freedom, his invention of an optics-that of cubism- that we find on this portrait.
David Hockney, Self Portrait, 1954 Collage 42 x 29.80 cm © David Hockney Photo: Richard Schmidt
David Hockney - Vogue Union - Paris Non-linen Poster / Vintage Poster on paper not lined / TBE A - / DAVID HOCKNEY (1937) / 83 x 50 / Imp. 1986, Audap-Mirabeau sale the 23 June
Give yourself a portrait of Hockney at auction!
Driven by a constant desire for wide dissemination of his art, Hockney a, in turn, adopted photography, fax, computer, printers and more recently the iPad.
In his first portraits, Hockney exalt the realism, the perspectivist vision borrowed from the photography that he then practices diligently. In this portrait of Joe Mac Donald which will be proposed on auction the 24 June by FauveParis, the precision is such that even in black and white, we realize the different shades of locks in the hair and we can even read the mark on the bottle of water on this lithography.
Portrait of Joe Mac Donald, Lithograph on paper signed, dated and numbered 98 / 99 lower left - 106 x 75 cm, FauveParis, Selling the 24 June 2017
"What else to do? Picasso worked every day. Matisse worked every day. That's what artists do, until they break their pipe "
Hard worker, the artist will practice in various styles as shown in this museum retrospective. EAt a time when he is still searching for what form to give to his art, he draws onMasters of Modern Art some influences:
“He could master all styles. The lesson I take is that we have to use them all. "
Featured image: A Bigger Splash, 1967 Acrylic on canvas 242,50 x 243.90 x 3 cm © David Hockney Tate Collection, London