He is one of the most popular living painters in the world, the British David Hockney presents his new exhibition at the Orangerie in Paris. Established in Calvados for a few years, he draws his inspiration from the Normandy landscapes and the Pays d’Auge.
A confinement, four seasons, the Bayeux tapestry, his exhibition “A year in Normandy” is to be discovered at the Musée de l’Orangerie until February 14, 2022.
Since moving to Normandy, David Hockney has never stopped creating. As the first confinement falls on the country, the painter rrealizes on iPad, in the space of a few weeks, more than one hundred images. “When containment came in May 2020, the Olympics were canceled but I realized they couldn’t cancel spring … and the spring that year was really wonderful “, confides the artist. The technique allows it to enter quickly and precisely. In the footsteps of the Impressionist painters, he created this succession of Norman landscapes by capturing the effects of light and the climatic changes of the Pays d’Auge.
When David Hockney discovers the Bayeux tapestry, he is captivated by the multitude of details in the work. “Locked up”, in his Norman cottage for an indefinite period, the embroidered images which narrate the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy, in the XIe century resurface as if by magic. Then germinates the project of depicting in the form of a narrative cycle the arrival of spring. Finally, the days tick away, the confinement ends and spring gives way to summer, fall and then winter. Hockney painted not just spring, but an entire year. The result is an explosion of colors and light where climate changes are declined in flat areas juxtaposed with pop accents.
“David Hockney – A Year in Normandie” at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris from October 13, 2021 to February 14, 2022