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David Hockney Double Portraits at National Portrait Gallery London
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From: Clare Smith
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 01 June 2003

Review

Life seems valuable again, one could dance whilst the world went into inferno, there is enchantment and all will be ok. That's what I feel when I feel art again. These Hockney watercolours did it. They are realistic, look like people without obvious mistakes in drawing, but clearly not with the deadness and unfreedom of most figurative work which is usually photographically sourced, and yet they do not go overboard trying to show off their observational credentials like bad artists of which the best is Freud.

They sing with clear bright dense colours of watercolour. The blues and reds Hockney employs, make these paintings sharp and attracive from a distance. Their is clarity and beauty and they look like real people one sees in the street. Shoes, clothes, faces he has found elegant and pretty ways to paint. Hockney might be an old bore with many silly ideas, but he has now painted some beautiful paintings. There doesn't seem much to them, when you think about it, just a lot of practice, good colours, painting two people of strong attachment, but post-factum succcess always seems like that.

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