Art is divine

In the shade of apple blossoms

Micha Christos

GALERIE LELONG & CO

Paris

 

DAVID HOCKNEY

My Normandy

David Hockney «Apple Tree» 2019 

Acrylic on canvas | Acrylique sur toile 36 x 48 inches | 91,4 x 121,9 cm © David Hockney

Photo credit | Crédit photo : Richard Schmidt Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris

David Hockney

«Hawthorn Bush in Front of a Very Old and Dying Pear Tree» 2019

Inkjet print on paper | Impression jet d’encre sur papier

Edition of 35 | Édition de 35  44 x 33 inches | 111,7 x 83,8 cm

© David Hockney Photo credit | Crédit photo : Jonathan Wilkinson 

Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris

Since 2001, David Hockney has presented six exhibitions at Galerie Lelong & Co, the most recent of which is called "My Normandy".

The painter has produced around ten paintings and works on paper since he moved to Normandy in March 2019.

In October 2018, David Hockney stayed in Honfleur to go to Bayeux to receive the tapestry of Queen Mathilde. Fascinated by the graphic and narrative efficiency of this 11th century work that reminds him of ancient Chinese scrolls, he seeks and finds a house in the Normandy countryside.

He set up his workshop there in an adjoining barn in order to go “in search of lost time”. David Hockney, a keen reader of Proust, has always had the passage of time as a major preoccupation. Ten years earlier he had painted the arrival of spring in his native Yorkshire, his landscapes unfolding like a story to the rhythm of nature's coronation.

David Hockney paints his life in pictures, his relatives and the places where he lives. Once installed in his Norman house, he paints the panorama that scrolls before his eyes at 360 °. He then set about reproducing the traditional half-timbered architecture.


David Hockney «In Front of House Looking East» 2019

Inkjet print on paper | Impression jet d’encre sur papier Edition of 35 | Édition de 3534 x 43 inches | 86,3 x 109,2 cm

© David Hockney Photo credit | Crédit photo : Jonathan Wilkinson Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris

David Hockney «The Entrance» 2019 Acrylic on 2 canvases (36 x 48 inches each)

Acrylique sur 2 panneaux (91,4 x 121,9 cm chacun) 36 x 96 inches overall | 91,4 x 243,8 cm

© David Hockney Photo credit | Crédit photo : Richard Schmidt Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris

Indeed, he noticed that the Impressionists, who were always on the lookout for modernity, had disdained this 17th century style typical of the region. 

Studying the pictorial art of Rembrandt and the young Van Gogh, he found in these cottages a very particular echo to their Dutch landscapes.

After summer arrived, Hockney painted a view of the village of Beuvron-en-Auge. Its apple and pear trees in the garden are solar freshness in the celestial blue or in the morning mist.

 

David Hockney was able to capture a space-time with this intensity of hues from green to blue that also recalls his early works in California.

Its trees with their deliciously tart colors are bursting with life. Their foliage is cheerful and vibrates in unison with the sky, the grass sagging in the breeze or the volutes of water in the pond. Under the brushes of David Hockney, time stands still; he knows how to touch the heart of eternity in the magic of the present moment.

 


David Hockney «In the Studio» 2019

Inkjet print on paper | Impression jet d’encre sur papier Edition of 35 | Édition de 35 34 x 43 inches | 86,3 x 109,2 cm

© David Hockney Photo credit | Crédit photo : Jonathan Wilkinson Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris

David Hockney «Trees Mist» 2019

Acrylic on canvas | Acrylique sur toile 36 x 48 inches | 91,4 x 121,9 cm

© David Hockney Photo credit | Crédit photo : Richard Schmidt Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris