David Hockney : Rétrospective au Centre Georges Pompidou

For its 40 years, the Center Georges Pompidou celebrates another anniversary: ​​that of 80 years of the British artist David Hockney. On this occasion, in collaboration with the Tate Britain Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the museum exhibits the largest retrospective ever devoted to the painter, with a background of Californian architecture and landscapes.

The urban environment is paramount in the work of the visual artist. His relationship with town planning had already interested the French institution which, in 1999, devoted an exhibition to him called "Space / Landscape". When he puts down his suitcases in Los Angeles, the English painter is seized by the omnipresence of swimming pools, the perfect geometry of the dwellings and the brilliant colors of a city with a special atmosphere.


If David Hockney's paintings take up the chromatic palette used by Matisse, the freedom of the forms developed by Picasso or the work of light by Edward Hopper, his representation of the modernist dwellings on the west coast is unique.

Developed in the 1950 years, the Californian architecture is inspired by the rectangular and minimalist buildings of the Bauhaus and the buildings of Le Corbusier. Its large volumes often surround swimming pools, which become for the artist real objects of fascination. The latter realizes, for example, in 1967, A Bigger Splash Which has since become an iconic work, the name of which has inspired Luca Guadagnino's film, a remake of Pool By Jacques Deray. Hockney also stages her lover, Peter Schlesinger, once again in a swimming pool, and explores movement, light and color through these basins, while representing parallelepipedal lines characterizing the Californian constructions.

Whether in acrylic, oil paintings or photos, with his faithful Polaroid, the artist re-enacts the unique atmosphere of Los Angeles conveyed by its spatial elements. An exhibition not to be missed.

David Hockney, retrospective, until 23 October 2017, Center Pompidou, Paris (4e).

To learn more, visit The site of the Center Pompidou

1) Cameraworks 1984
2) Beverly Hills Housewife 1966
3) A Bigger Splash 1967
4) Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures) 1972
5) Sunbather 1966
6) Saving and Loans Building 1967
7) Portrait of Nick Wilder 1966
8) A Lawn Sprinkler 1967
9) Cameraworks 1984
10) Saw at Howard and Catherine's 1994

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