Spring Cannot be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy
By David Hockney and Martin Gayford
“We have lost touch with nature, rather foolishly as we are a part of it, not outside it” – David Hockney.
Rediscover the natural world as iconic artist, David Hockney, and reputable art critic, Martin Gayford, take you on a journey through the Normandy spring and the history of art. On turning 80, Hockney sought out rustic tranquillity for the first time; a place to become immersed in a natural canvas. That place came in the form of his studio at La Grande Cour, a centuries old farmhouse in Normandy. It was here that Hockney painted the mesmerising arrival of spring in France, the result of which we see dotted throughout the book.
Spring Cannot be Cancelled is an uplifting manifesto that affirms art’s capacity to divert and inspire. Central to the piece are new conversations between Hockney and Gayford that took place over the last year. Their enthralling exchanges are illustrated by a selection of original Hockney iPad drawings, as well as paintings from Van Gogh, Monet, Bruegel, and others. Beautifully intimate, the conversations move from the colloquial to the academic, as we become immersed in Hockney’s everyday life and the fascinating history of art.
Gayford is a thoughtfully attentive critic who consistently illuminates both Hockney’s work and that of other artists. No matter how complex Gayford’s insights become, we can still see within the illustrations precisely what he is referring to. Gayford unveils the genius behind Hockney’s work, with every glance we begin to understand the magnificent motifs of light, space, and most importantly, how to live. The flat, bold colours of Hockney’s illustrations explode into life, as he reminds us of the intrinsic beauty at the peak of spring's bloom.