Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy (Paperback)Martin Gayford (author), David Hockney (author)
The iconic octogenarian artist holds forth about life, art and the upside of lockdown in his rustic Normandy farmhouse in a series of candid, insightful conversations with his long-time friend and collaborator, the art critic Martin Gayford.
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 Their exchanges are illustrated by a selection of Hockney's new, unpublished Normandy drawings and paintings alongside works by van Gogh, Monet, Bruegel and others.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
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'This book is not so much a celebration of spring as a springboard for ideas about art, space, time and light. It is scholarly, thoughtful and provoking' - The Times
'A burst of springtime joy' - Daily Telegraph
'Lavishly illustrated... Gayford is a thoughtfully attentive critic with a capacious frame of reference' - Guardian
'Gloriously illustrated... It's a book about many things - Hockney's love of France and French painting, his reflections on many other artists among them. But at its heart is this octogenarian's adoration of nature, his belief that art is rooted in love, and a restless gusto for life' - Andrew Marr, The Spectator
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‘Spring Cannot be Cancelled’ is a joyous and uplifting manifesto that affirms art and nature’s capacity, to not only transform and inspire one isolated artist, living in Normandy’s life, but a whole society as well... More
“A breadth of fresh air!”
I have read a lot in the last year, even more so than usual and this is the best of them all! Why? It’s so refreshing, light but thought provoking and completely informative. The voice of both men come through so... More
“Springtime With David Hockney.”
Spring Cannot be Cancelled is the second collaboration between art critic and historian Martin Gayford and artist David Hockney. This book focuses on the time that the authors spent during the first few months of the... More
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