"The artist speaking to you is modern": the exhibition of Hockney and Van Gogh opened in Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum opened the exhibition, which was announced shortly before the painting by David Hockney “Portrait of the Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” was sold at auction for 90.3 million dollars, and its author became the most expensive living artist in the world. Now, in a bold exhibition harmoniously combined large-scale landscapes of the British and small species, written by Vincent van Gogh.David Hockney was born almost half a century after the death of Van Gogh, however, their views on nature often coincide. But what exactly does it mean for them? And how did the Van Gogh landscapes inspire Hockney? “When [nature] reaches its peak, it seems that champagne is poured over the bushes, everything foams and looks amazing," says the British painter. "I am deeply influenced by Van Gogh - and this is very visible in this show," said before the opening of the 81 year old Hockney.Fallen Trees at Voldgate David Hokney 2008, 152.4 × 243.8 cm David Hockney is one of the most famous artists of our time. Despite his age, the master draws daily. He identifies himself with the works of Van Gogh: both artists see the extraordinary in a seemingly unremarkable way. And both are fascinated by the seasons that cause constant changes in nature.
“For me, Van Gogh is a contemporary artist. Any artist who speaks to you is modern, ”says Hockney. As a 16-year-old, he first became acquainted with the work of a Dutchman in Manchester in 1954, when he first began studying at the art school in Bradford. “What I remember is color because I have never seen such paintings before,” recalls the painter. - In art school, everyone just wrote gray pictures. At first I thought that he probably exaggerated some color, but now I don’t think so. I think you just need to look carefully. ”Harvesting in La Croce with Montmajor in the Background Vincent Van Goguyun 1888, 73 × 92 cm Hackney developed his bright palette in sunny Los Angeles, where he lived for thirty years. Returning to his native Yorkshire in 2004, he wrote the same place again and again to convey the change of seasons. Landscapes presented at the exhibition in Amsterdam, the artist created for nine years.
Similarly, the change of seasons was fascinated by Van Gogh. With the arrival of spring in 1888, he wrote to his brother from Arles: “... For God's sake, send me paint without delay. The season of flowering gardens is very short, and you know that this is one of those stories that inspire everyone. ”
  • Vincent van Gogh, "View of Arles with Irises" (1888). Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  • David Hockney, "A View on Voldgate, July 27, 2005" (2005). Private collection
Hockney emphasizes: in order to properly write nature, time is needed for careful observation. “Many people just scan the ground in front of them while walking, but they really don’t see anything around. Van Gogh did look, ”he says. According to him, the Dutch artist could see something that many people don’t notice, and this still fascinates us to this day.
The British have one more theory why people like Van Gogh’s work so much: “You can see how the pictures are created, all the brush strokes”. The same approach is reflected in twenty drawings that Hockney created in the Brushes app on the iPad. They are also included in the exhibition. When comparing the paintings of both artists, it is easy to see that Hockney carefully studied aspects of the work of the post-impressionist. “Sometimes I steal something from Van Gogh. I mean, what exactly is stealing. Good artists do not borrow, they steal, ”admits Hockney.
  • One of the drawings of David Hockney on the iPad. Source:
  • Vincent Vag Gogh, The Trees (1887). Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Both painters use characteristic touches and points, both tend to experiment with perspective. And, drawing a forest, they choose a point of view, at which elongated tree trunks will dominate on the canvas. Like Van Gogh, Hockney performed many of his landscapes in the open air. When inspecting Dutch paintings, sand from a small fishing village in France and even small grasshoppers were found, and in the image of the Vuldgate forests at Hockney, we can see blade of grass, as well as raindrops on one of his small watercolors.
But if comprehension of nature and deep love for it came to Van Gogh early, his English follower took more time to develop his understanding of the landscape. And no matter what season the Dutchman turned to, the brute force emanating from his canvases continues to inspire Hockney and many others.Falling leaves. St. Paul's Hospital ParkVincent Van GogOctober 1889, 73.5 × 60.5 cm Now the prices for the most expensive works of Hockney and Van Gogh are comparable: the picture of the first, as already mentioned, was sold in 2018 for 90.3 million dollars, 82.5 million in 1990 (although, taking into account inflation, now it is about 158 ​​million). However, Hockney is indifferent to the commercial popularity of his work. “Auction prices for my work have nothing to do with me. I ignore it, - the master declared. “I think that people have forgotten the comment of Oscar Wilde:“ The only person who loves all kinds of art is the auctioneer ”.”The arrival of spring in Voldgate, East Yorkshire. David Hockney2011, 36.6 × 97.5 cmVoldgate Woods, November 6 and 7, 2006 David Hockney 2006, 182.9 × 365.7 cmWoldgate Woods, July 26, 27 and 30, 2006 David Hockney 2006, 182.9 × 365.7 cmMay bloom on the Roman road David Hockney 2008, 91.4 × 121.9 cmPhoto: Jan-Kees Steenman / Van Gogh Museum / artnetPhoto: Jan-Kees Steenman / Van Gogh Museum / artnetPhoto: Jan-Kees Steenman / Van Gogh Museum / artnetPhoto: Jan-Kees Steenman / Van Gogh Museum / artnetPhoto: Jan-Kees Steenman / Van Gogh Museum / artnetPhoto: Jan-Kees Steenman / Van Gogh Museum / artnetPhoto: Jan-Kees Steenman / Van Gogh Museum / artnet Immediately after the opening of the exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, the British artist went to Normandy to capture the arrival of spring. “We have a house there, it is surrounded by trees,” explained Hockney. “It will be amazing because I have a new place to draw.”
The exhibition “Hockney - Van Gogh. Joy of nature "in the Van Gogh Museum will last until May 26. According to the materials of the official website of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and artnet.News