A new self-portrait by David Hockney has been installed at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, where it will be on public display for the first time.
The 84-year-old self-portrait, November 22, 2021 in Normandy, where he has previously talked about living in the countryside unaffected by his art.
In the past, he has described life creating art in a “piggy” house in northern France as “wonderful”.
“When the course went on, I thought it was amazing because I wanted to be isolated anyway,” he told Hay Festival last year.
A series of drawings, paintings and digital works by the Bradford-born artist will be on display at Fitzwilliam and at the Heong Gallery at Cambridge’s Downing College as part of Hockney’s Eye: The Art And Technology Of Depth.
It includes his latest self-portrait, which has not been shown anywhere before, and a number of works that have never been shown in the UK before, including works Annica II, After Fra Angelico and After Hobbema (Useful Knowledge) 2017.
His self-portrait belongs to the group of works starting from the end of 2021, done quickly and widely, so the artist’s brush marks can be clearly seen.
In the art galleries of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Hockney’s image will be shown in “a series of provocative encounters with the works of artists including Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, John Constable and Andy Warhol,” the museum said.
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Meanwhile, the display at Heong Gallery showcases his “pioneering modern experiments in bringing hand, eye and optical instruments together from the 1960s to the present day”.
The free exhibition will run from Tuesday, March 15 to August 29.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/david-hockney-self-portrait-installed-at-museum-ahead-of-new-exhibition-41440647.html David Hockney’s self-portrait installed at the museum ahead of the new exhibition