David HockneyA Bigger Splash 1967

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Artist
David Hockney (born 1937)
Title
A Bigger Splash
Date 1967
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2425 x 2439 x 30 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03254
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1960

Summary

This painting depicts a splash in a Californian swimming pool. Hockney first visited Los Angeles in 1963, a year after graduating from the Royal College of Art, London. He returned there in 1964 and remained, with only intermittent trips to Europe, until 1968 when he came back to London. In 1976 he made a final trip back to Los Angeles and set up permanent home there. He was drawn to California by the relaxed and sensual way of life. He commented: ‘the climate is sunny, the people are less tense than in New York ... When I arrived I had no idea if there was any kind of artistic life there and that was the least of my worries.’ (Quoted in Kinley, [p.4]… (read more)

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