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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture Hardcover – 16 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (16 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500093660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500093665
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 3.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone who didn't make it to Hockney's homecoming exhibition at the Royal Academy earlier this year or for anyone who wants to re-experience its glories this handsome volume will transport you to the colours and drama of the rural landscapes of the painter's native East Yorkshire. --The Lady

Magnificently reproduces these extraordinary paintings --Good Book Guide

Possibly there's an exhibition catalogue that does more justice to its subject matter than this one, but if there is I've not seen it ... the ultimate art-lover's coffee-table book --Dales Life

A glorious indulgence! ... the illustrations are sumptuous. Whether you've visited the exhibition and want more, or are unable to get there, this is the book for you --Leisure Painter

[Margaret Drabble's essay is] perceptive and closely reasoned ... a tremendous book --The Birmingham Post

A great book for any fan of Hockney, with plenty of surprises for those familiar with his earlier work --The Market Magazine

Banish drab January with this explosion of new paintings ... an extraordinary body of new work --Daily Express

Beautiful. --Fabric

The perfect present for anyone who loved or missed Hockney's spectacular RA exhibition ... Lavish, opinionated, authoritative on the recent work, and with intriguing essays by, among others, Margaret Drabble and Martin Gayford --Best Books of 2012, The Financial Times

Loud, sometimes magical and often rhapsodically joyful --Metro

Bright, bold and beautiful --Vanity Fair

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100 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Lost John TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a sumptuous book, well deserving of its meteoric rise to best-seller status on the opening of the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition which it serves as the catalogue. The large, almost square format lends itself well to the several hundred full colour reproductions. Some works extend across two pages, but the problem so common with art books of key features being interrupted by, or even disappearing into, the page fold seems not to occur with Hockney. Or perhaps this is just very superior book design.

Like the exhibition, the book majors on Hockney's recent work centred on a relatively small patch of East Yorkshire. Without abandoning his Californian base, Hockney has spent much time in recent years in East Yorkshire, observing in particular the changing seasons as reflected in the lanes, trees and fields. Hugely prolific in several media, he returns time and again to the same single-track road - a one-time Roman road, apparently - the same tunnel of trees, and some open views across fields, tram-tracked in their season by outsize farm machinery. His painting style frequently echoes that of Van Gogh, and we are reminded that Van Gogh too produced large numbers of rustic pictures.

A photograph presented as the first of no less than seven splendid frontispieces seems to indicate that Hockney reproduces the physical features of his landscapes very much as in life. He changes perspective and colour tone, but trees, hedges and gaps in hedges remain very much as they are. The detail of some subjects is given closer attention on some of his visits than on others. There is a huge amount for us to observe, and this book makes it possible to do so at leisure, over as long a period as we wish.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Knight on 23 Feb. 2012
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Excellent, large pictures so you can see the details and colours which is great for artists. Not been a fan of Hockneys` work in the past until I saw the TV programme about the artist working in the landscape that and the book has made me want to see the pictures in real life, if I can get into the London exhibition because it is so popular. Also bought the DVD and the book `A bigger Message,Conversations with David Hockney` Martin Gayford, because the price reduction from Amazon meant they were more affordable than buying from the RA.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This exhibition at the Royal Academy is inspirational. It is huge in every way: lots of pictures, some massive, in lots of rooms. What really hits you is Hockney's use of colour. There are a couple of early landscapes of Yorkshire that are grey and dour. Then Hockney moves to Hollywood and catches colour. That is probably rather a simplistic way of putting it, but that is how it feels. There are some wonderful photomontages of the Grand Canyon that lead to an enormous painted version in scarlet, vermilion and crimson, not perhaps colours you would associate with the Grand Canyon but it works.

Stunning as the pictures of America are, it is the paintings of East Yorkshire that are the stars of the show. Again, his use of colour is amazing. The paintings are luminous, glowing, uplifting. Especially interesting are the fifty-one (derived from sketching using an app on his Ipad) of the changing seasons in, I think, Woldingham Woods. (He says that the Ipad was easy to use sitting in the car when it was cold.) He painted many of the pictures en plein air, where it would have been difficult to manage huge canvases, so, apart from using his Ipad, many of paintings have been put together using nine or more separate small canvases.

I was lucky enough to go and see the exhibition, but I know that many people will not be able to. This book is the next best thing. It features all the works in the exhibition with interesting articles on Hockney, his pictures and techniques used.

The quality of the reproductions is excellent, the paintings losing only a little of their depth and luminosity.

I should have liked to have spent more time at the exhibition - an hour or so a day for several weeks. Since that is not possible, I can study the paintings in this book instead. One misses the massive scale of the paintings, but one can't have everything and this is a pretty good substitute.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By boxyfoxy on 4 Mar. 2012
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His paintings are absolutely beautifully reproduced and the text, though small is illuminating They do justice to the originals that I saw at the Royal Academy last week.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By chuckyr on 27 Feb. 2012
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I usually regret not buying a hardback edition of an exhibition catalogue so this time I spoilt myself and I don't regret paying the extra.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Berrypicker on 12 May 2012
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If you are a new fan of Hockney get this book. If you are an old fan of Hocknet get this book. If you saw the R.A. exhibition get this book. If you didn't see the exhibition get this book.
O.K. you get the point, this is an absolutely superb book with fantastic reproductions of fantastic paintings. Now that we will never see the show in the U.K. again it really is the next best thing and will continue to give ongoing pleasure and delight.
The various text articles in the book are also well worth giving some time to, even if at first some parts seem a bit difficult to grasp they do give helpful backgrounds and insights to Hockney's work and processes.
Initial delays in getting book due to being out of stock, but constant checking paid off and I got my copy. (I didn't get the promised email alert when in stock so probably just as well I did check)
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