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Spring Cannot Be Cancelled Reviews

Spring Cannot Be Cancelled by Martin Gayford, David Hockney

Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy

Martin Gayford, David Hockney

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2 reviews

Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication date: 25 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9780500094365

David Hockney reflects upon life and art as he journeys through lockdown in rural Normandy.

5 stars out of 5
Lynn Barber
3 Apr 2021

"This is a charming book, and ideal for lockdown because it teaches you to look harder at the things around you"

Most of Hockney’s early Normandy paintings are of trees and hedgerows and seem like a natural continuation of his Yorkshire paintings. But he gradually adds other subjects — most interestingly and successfully, the stream at the bottom of his garden. The last painting in the book is of the stream in November last year and is so vigorous and detailed you feel you could fish in it. With his California swimming pool pictures, he was interested in the reflections and the splash; now he’s interested in the flow of water, the ripples and eddies as it runs against obstacles. 


4 stars out of 5
19 Mar 2021

"a lavishly illustrated record of the exchanges between the artist, in Normandy, and the critic, in Cambridge, during the past year"

Gayford is a thoughtfully attentive critic with a capacious frame of reference and his brief excursions into houses in art, Hockney’s reading (Flaubert, Proust, Julian Barnes), his musical tastes (Wagner), and that almost definitive Hockney subject, the depiction of water – described by Hockney as always a “nice problem“ for an artist – consistently illuminate both Hockney’s work and the other artists his work brings to mind. (It should be added that the reader can see in the comprehensive illustrations almost everything Gayford mentions.)