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Tall trees near Warter

David Hockney • Painting, 2007, 460×1220 cm
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Art form: Painting
Subject and objects: Landscape
Style of art: Art Nouveau
Technique: Oil
Materials: Canvas
Date of creation: 2007
Size: 460×1220 cm
Artwork in collection: Smart and Beautiful Natalya Kandaurova
Artwork in selections: 38 selections

Description of the artwork «Tall trees near Warter»

Once David Hockney ran away from her own decorous and rainy England in freedom-loving America to the Californian sun. A few decades later he will come to London in one of the usual grey days, in the Tate gallery to present the public with a picture "Tall trees near Warter"depicting a gray day. Only now the artist claimed that he believed that cloudy days do not exist, there are only cloudy people.

The painting "High trees near Warter" was the biggest work of the artist. It was collected from 50 equal-sized canvas panels that have developed in the landscape of unimaginable proportions. (Something similar was described in the novel "Diary" - Chuck Palahniuk, talking about the picture in the wall, which is composed of many small canvases and can cause all, without exception, the audience Stendhal syndrome - deterioration of health at the sight of excessive beauty).

Hockney wrote that painting in the open air for six weeks. Big fan of modern technology, the artist created on a computer mosaic of the finished paintings, giving yourself the opportunity to "step back" and look at the work as a whole because in a small Studio in Bridlington he was able to place no more than ten canvases. Part of the picture many times rewritten and refined, transported from the Studio to nature and back to in the end harmoniously to form a coherent whole.

Hockney created a "High trees near Warter" for the Summer exhibition 2007, Royal Academy, where the picture took up a whole wall in a gallery. After the exhibition the work (the only one) left in place, and two adjacent walls were placed her digital photographic copy of the same size and same level, creating the effect of full immersion. In the same way two years later the painting was exhibited at the Tate, where Hockney donated the painting:"I thought, if I want to give something to the Tate, it must be something good. Because the picture will hang here long. I would not want to give something I'm not proud of".

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov