With over 40 of Hockney’s drawings on loan from private collections, Love Life is a wonderful way to enjoy Hockney’s artistry and extraordinary power of observation and skill in using tiny, mundane details to help capture a situation, a sitter’s character, or a place.

Hockney’s finding of beauty in the ordinary is most beautifully expressed in his still lifes; from a box of matches on a table to prosaic bunches of spring onions and leeks. This sense of delight is also expressed in his renditions of architectural exteriors and interiors, with a particular interest in empty rooms, chairs, and windows. It is also a key aspect of his famous portrait drawings, in which he uses closely observed details to capture the character of his subject – the twist of restaurateur Peter Langan’s tie, a cigar protruding from Henry Geldzahler’s fingers – and their setting; precisely rendering certain details of the furniture in a room, whether they be Celia Birtwell’s Breuer chair, or cars in a Viennese street behind the artist R.B. Kitaj. Whatever the subject matter, Hockney always captures it with both sensitivity and a certain wit.

This listing is managed by the museum. Art Fund is not responsible for third party content.

The Holburne Museum

Great Pulteney Street, Bath, Somerset, BA2 4DB

01225 388588

Website

Opening times

Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun and bank holidays 11am-5pm

Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan

With a National Art Pass you get

50% off exhibitions

Ready to discover more? Choose your pass


Exhibitions nearby

Back to top