David Hockney. A year in Normandy - Exhibition catalogue
The British painter David Hockney has been living in the Pays d'Auge since the beginning of 2019 and has started a new chapter in his artistic creation. His house, his garden and the surrounding countryside have become his favourite motifs, painted on iPads, a technique he has been using for over ten years.
While the world stood still, Hockney produced more than one hundred images on an iPad in the space of a few weeks. The technology allows him to capture the images quickly and accurately. In the manner of the Impressionists, he captures the effects of light and climatic changes with dexterity, but with a bright, vivid palette and compositions in juxtaposed flat tones with pop accents.
The days tick by, the confinement ends and spring gives way to summer, autumn and winter. Hockney has not only painted spring, but a whole year.
Presented in the main gallery of the Musée de l'Orangerie, A Year in Normandy will show this succession of seasons in the form of a frieze over 90 metres long, echoing Monet's Water Lilies. The book, which includes a previously unpublished interview with Cécile Debray, is presented in the form of a leporello that restores this exceptional work in all its breadth.
Exhibition at the musée du l'Orangerie from 13 October 2021 to 14 February 2022
164 pages in leporello
Musée de l'Orangerie / Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais