The Arrival of Spring

In 2019 I stood in awe in front of Hockney’s painting The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate (2011) at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The size of the painting (32 canvases spanning a width of almost 10 metres and a height of about 3,5 metres), the bright colours, it made an impression on me. As if I stepped inside a forest, designed to make me happy.

The Man discovered that the Royal Academy of Arts in London currently sells a poster sized version of this painting for their exhibition of Hockney. He ordered it and it arrived just in time for my birthday, despite taking an adventurous detour through Canada.

Of course it will not have the immersive effect of the real painting, but it’s 1,3 metres wide. When I stand really close to it and pinch my eyes, I will surely be transported to that feeling of standing in front of that massive, happy forest.

Door |2021-08-30T16:52:01+02:0030 augustus 2021|deze dag|0 Reacties

Get to know Hockney (131)

I first got to know David Hockney while visiting the Louisiana museum near Copenhagen many years ago. His exhibition then was all about his digital art. The first iPad had just been released and Hockney immediately embraced this new medium for creating art. Many iPads were fixed to the wall, showing his digital paintings. The most fascinating part was the recording of him ‘painting’. It was the first time I witnessed an artist creating something from start to finish, putting layers on layers one line at the time. Too be honest, I wasn’t much impressed by his artwork. I thought it was all a bit gimmicky.

But when you learn about something or someone new, you start noticing that thing or that person more an more. Little by little I learned more about Hockney’s artwork and started appreciating his work more and more. When a big exposition opened last year in the Van Gogh museum, I jumped on the opportunity to see his big and bold paintings ‘in the flesh’. It was even better than I expected. Standing in front of his colorful forest, reaching from floor to ceiling, I felt like a fairy, excited to wander through the forest.

When you’re not able to visit a museum, a great alternative to learn more about and from Hockney is to watch Exhibition on Screen, featuring Hockney. The film was released by the Royal Academy of Arts recently and takes you back to two big expos from Hockney. Top it up with the eight minutes interview the Van Gogh museum shared last year and you know all there is to know about this great artist.

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