On July 27, 2005 David Hockney painted Woldgate Vista a view from his birth region, Yorkshire, England where he had settled after years in California. He said in an interview for the Van Gogh Museum that “when I went to Bridlington, I knew landscape was seen as something you couldn’t do today. And I thought why? Because the landscape became so boring? It’s not the landscape that’s boring it’s the depiction of it that become boring. You can’t be bored of nature can you?”.
The textile designer Celia Birtwell, his muse and lifelong friend, shared that they have a fond and teasing relationship. Her comment is based on an interview where she shared that “although he has made a big impression on me, how I see landscape now. But he’s not a person who would grow anything. Someone gave him some bonsai trees and I thought, ‘I wonder how long they’ll live!’”
Sarah Howgate Curator and art historian wrote in The Times that “Hockney is having yet another flowering.(…) His most recent work shows a serene, soaring mastery”
The post is liked by his partner and assistant Jean Pierre Goncalves.
David Hockney on Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum
Celia Birtwell on David Hockney: 'Nobody else has ever asked to draw me’, Hadley Freeman, The Guardian, Feb 25, 2020
David and landscapes, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)