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Hockney's Portraits and People

Marco Livingstone Kay Heymer



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Thames & Hudson
16 June 2016
Art & Architecture; Art & design styles: from c 1960; Painting & paintings; Individual artists, art monographs; Portraits in art
David Hockney's continuing belief in the importance of the portrait and his virtuoso skill in creating a sense of close communication between artist, sitter and viewer has resulted in some of the best-loved works of the postwar era. From the 1950s on, Hockney's most persistent subject matter, in paintings, drawings, collages and photoworks, has been of people usually very close to him, as well as of himself.

These works are narratives of autobiographical relationships: they reflect the intimate and often intense stories of this artist's life. They also explore different formal ways of representing the passage of time and at the same time the unavoidable but marvellous stillness of portraits. The works include fascinating sequences as he paints his mother or Henry Geldzahler or Celia Birtwell on and off for decades; the special qualities attached to depictions of lovers; and the range of celebrities, writers and artists - Billy Wilder, Armistead Maupin, W.H. Auden, Henry Moore, Christopher Isherwood - who have been part of a very full life.

The text by a distinguished European critic and curator reinforces the point that this hugely popular English-born artist, who made America his second home, has become a figure of worldwide appeal.
By:   Marco Livingstone, Kay Heymer
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 300mm,  Width: 235mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   1.420kg
ISBN:   9780500292341
ISBN 10:   0500292345
Publication Date:   16 June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Hockney's Portraits and People

'A Thames & Hudson treat' - Vogue 'An elegant framework for an account of a life which is also a study and a celebration of that life's work ... virtually every page turned is another encounter with Hockney's distinctively expressive sense of line and colour' - Times Literary Supplement 'Attractive and entertaining ... Hockney's gifts (close observation and an elegantly expressive line) have always been evident in his portraits' - Sunday Times 'An utterly compelling rogues' gallery of the famous, the infamous and the anonymous' - The Spectator

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