David Hockney "A Year in Normandie" 2020-2021 (detail) Composite iPad painting © David Hockney

David Hockney, A Year in Normandie

Oct 13, 2021 - Feb 14, 2022

In 2019, the renowned British painter, David Hockney, relocated to Normandie and initiated a new chapter in his artistic creation: his home, garden, and the surrounding countryside became his favorite motifs. Strongly influenced by the famed Bayeux Tapestry, which he discovered a few months before the lockdown, Hockney began to depict the arrival of spring in the form of a narrative cycle.

While the world stood still, he created more than a hundred images on his iPad in only a few weeks. The new technique allowed him to get the essence of his paintings down quickly and accurately. In the manner of the impressionists, he captured the effects of light and atmosphere with a bright and luminous palette. Days turned into months… spring gave way to summer, fall, and winter: Hockney painted an entire year.

Presented in the main gallery of the Musée de l’Orangerie, A Year in Normandie shows the succession of the seasons in the form of an eighty-meter long frieze, echoing Monet’s Water Lilies.

The exhibition is supported by the American Friends Musée d’Orsay.

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