David Hockney, ‘Rue De Seine’, 1971, Joanna Bryant & Julian Page

In 1971 Hockney took with him a number of etching plates on a drawing trip to France where he sketched the present work. His print of the 'Rue de Seine' is conceived almost entirely in terms of line and shows a varied and sophisticated employment of line. The artist apparently enjoys the strict, decorative pattern of the cross-hatching for its own sake which he juxtaposes with the freely sketched view and the aquatint still-life.

This print recalls Matisse in its treatment of the view through the window as well as the "goldfish bowl" in the foreground. The view is from a friend's window at the junction of rue de Seine and rue des Beaux-Arts.

About David Hockney

A pioneer of the British Pop Art movement in the early 1960s alongside Richard Hamilton, David Hockney gained recognition for his semi-abstract paintings on the theme of homosexual love before it was decriminalized in England in 1967. In We Two Boys Clinging Together (1961), red-painted couples embrace one other while floating amidst fragments from a Walt Whitman poem. After moving to California at the end of 1963, Hockney began painting scenes of the sensual and uninhibited life of athletic young men, depicting swimming pools, palm trees, and perpetual sunshine. Experimenting with photography in the mid-1970s, Hockney went on to create his famous photocollages with Polaroids and snapshot prints arranged in a grid formation, pushing the two-dimensionality of photography to the limit, fragmenting the monocular vision of the camera and activating the viewer in the process. A versatile artist, Hockney has produced work in almost every medium—including full-scale opera set designs, prints, and drawings using cutting-edge technology such as fax machines, laser photocopiers, computers, and even iPhones and iPads.

British, b. 1937, Bradford, United Kingdom, based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom