David Hockney, A Retrospective, Beach Umbrella



David Hockney, A Retrospective, Beach Umbrella



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David Hockney (b.1937)




Offset Lithograph


38 x 24 in. (96 x 63cm.)


A; not backed


This original poster is one of the series produced for David Hockney’s Retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of  Art in 1988.  It features Hockney’s painting ‘Beach Umbrella’ painted in 1971.

An icon of its time, Beach Umbrella was a highlight of Hockney’s landmark 1988 retrospective, shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art before touring to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Tate Modern in London. It was reproduced on the opening invite for the LACMA show as well as on the back cover of the August 1989 Reader’s Digest, and praised by critic Richard Dorment as ‘a wonderfully vivid study of a beach umbrella casting its shadow on the sand … [Hockney] moves away from the worship of old masters and towards a fresher, more immediate response to nature, reminiscent of the plein air paintings of Corot’ (R. Dorment, ‘Irresistible charm of David Hockney,’ The Daily Telegraph, 26 October 1988).

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