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Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy

Non-Fiction, Art, Design & Photography, Art, Artist Monographs & Biographies
Paperback Published on: 01/04/2022
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Spring Cannot be Cancelled
A Gorgeous Investigation of Creativity in Process
On a road trip to see The Bayeux Tapestry, David Hockney got one of his sudden wild enthusiasms and ended up buying a house with four acres of land in Norm... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Spring Cannot be Cancelled
Breathe in the blossoms with Hockney
Beyond beautiful reflections on art, including insights into Hockney's studio, process and inspirations, this book acts as a guide to good living, enabling... READ MORE
Rochelle
Spring Cannot be Cancelled
Uplifting and inspiring, a great read for the season!
This lovely volume of spring/summer joy is a collection of conversations, musings and observations between artist David Hockney and Martin Gayford before, ... READ MORE
Jodie - Plymouth Drake Circus

Synopsis

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for April 2022 'I intend to carry on with my work, which I now see as very important. We have lost touch with nature rather foolishly as we are a part of it, not outside it' - David Hockney On turning eighty, David Hockney sought out rustic tranquility for the first time: a place to watch the sunset and the change of the seasons; a place to live a life of simple pleasures, undisturbed and undistracted; a place to keep the madness of the world at bay. So when Covid-19 and lockdown struck, it made little difference to life at La Grande Cour, the centuries-old Normandy farmhouse where Hockney set up a studio a year before, in time to paint the arrival of spring. In fact, he relished the enforced isolation as an opportunity for even greater devotion to his art. Spring Cannot be Cancelled is an uplifting manifesto that affirms art's capacity to divert and inspire. It is based on a wealth of new conversations and correspondence between Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford, his long-time friend and collaborator. Their exchanges are illustrated by a selection of Hockney's new, unpublished Normandy drawings and paintings alongside works by van Gogh, Monet, Bruegel and others. We see how Hockney is propelled ever forward by his infectious enthusiasms and sense of wonder. A lifelong contrarian, he has been in the public eye for sixty years, yet remains entirely unconcerned by the view of critics or even history. He is utterly absorbed by his four acres of northern France and by the themes that have fascinated him for decades: light, colour, space, perception, water, trees. He has much to teach us, not only about how to see ... but about how to live.

  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780500296608
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Weight: 450g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Spring Cannot be Cancelled
Everything I could have wished for
I am almost literally gobbling this book and will be going back to savour even more. So evocative of the man and his life. Am simply in love with this book... READ MORE
JaquiT
Spring Cannot be Cancelled
Light and easy to read
I thought this book was delightful. The dialogue, mainly in e mail form between David Hockney and Martin Gayford was insightful into the thoughts and sensi... READ MORE
Angela Searle
Spring Cannot be Cancelled
Inspiring and fascinating
I have just done something I have never done before, having finished David Hockney’s “Spring Cannot Be Cancelled I went straight back to the beginning and... READ MORE
Rosemary Richards
Spring Cannot be Cancelled
Inspiring and a breath of fresh air
I simply devoured this book - the insights into David Hockney's life and unpretentious philosophy I found fascinating and inspiring. One of the few recent ... READ MORE
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