Garrowby Hill by David Hockney

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In this essay I will discuss the life and works of British artist David Hockney, keeping the main focus on the canvas "Garrowby Hill", which is displayed on the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. I have chosen this canvas as it depicts in a very lively way a landscape of Yorkshire, England.


It is really a hedonist canvas every inch of its surface. Our eyes can't get away the winding road that seems to be moving by itself. The sense of movement is present in all the canvas as its dynamic composition suggests. The vibrant colors give life to the painting, and we feel a joyous vibration of optimism when we stare quietly at "Garrowby Hill" by David Hockney.
The blue curved street on the foreground goes happily deep into the background where we lose sight of it. There is a lonely pine tree at the left side of the foreground. On the other side there is a line of trees going along the road. The geometrical fields are intelligently placed. Green is the predominant color as it is the color of Nature. But coloring in this painting has a deliberate sense of humor, of sensuality, springing from a free-spirited soul. It is obvious that this is not a realist canvas as its coloring and its imagery are a product of the artist's imagination along a more interpretative line of painting.
David Hockney (Childs and Storry 256) was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, in 1937. He is a painter, draftsman, printmaker, photographer, and designer. He attended Bradford School of Art from 1953 to 1959. Later on he was an outstanding student at the Royal College of Art, where he studied from 1959 to 1962. ...
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