American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) by David Hockney

American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) by David Hockney

American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman)
1968
Pop Art, British Pop Art, School of London, Nouveau Réalisme, British Art
Acrylic on Canvas
Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Some of Hockney’s moat masterful compositions are his portraits from the late 1960s, offering almost cinematic insights into the culture and mood of this transitional decade of American history. Fred and Marcia Weisman, art collectors and friends of Hockney, stand outside their home as if they have stepped outside to greet a neighbour. Hockney’s palette reflects the light of Southern California. The threat of the surreal lurking within the painting underscores the consistent relationship between Pop Art and older movements. The manner in which he figures are posed transgresses traditional gender norms with Marcia, a full-figured matron in a robe held closed with one arm, baring her teeth and striking a sensually elegant yet confrontation pos. However, Fred, the man of the house, stands stiffly and marginalized as he is pushed to the left-hand side.

David Hockney
Pop Art, British Pop Art, School of London, Nouveau Réalisme, British Art Born: 17 July 1898, Ohio, USA
Nationality: British-American

Hockney’s bright swimming pools, suburban Californian landscapes, and split-level homes are a fusion of calmness and activity. Shadows seem to be banished from his acrylics of the 1960s producing images as slick as magazine pages. Flat planes co-exist with a patchwork of muddling distances. Hockney’s style incorporates a range of inspiration from Baroque to Cubism, and recently, computer aided graphics. He deliberately breaks every possible rule delighting in the deconstruction of proportion, perspective, and colour. His work shows that orthodoxies are there to shattered, allowing opposites to co-exist in a message that transcends art and makes a profound statement in the political and social realm

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