David Hockney Retrospective in Paris

After the Tate in London, and before the Met in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is now hosting the retrospective exhibition organized to celebrate David Hockney's 80th birthday.

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972 by David Hockney

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972 by David Hockney

Ever since we discovered his work almost 20 years ago, in the 1999 Paris exhibition ("Espace/Paysage", already at the Centre Pompidou), Hockney has definitely been one of our favourite contemporary artists. I remember our being struck at the time by the scope and incredible colours of his West American landscapes.

My Parents, 1977 by David Hockney, Tate

My Parents, 1977 by David Hockney, Tate

Since then we have come to love his beautifully quiet and airy portraits and, above all, the wonderful Yorkshire landscapes he painted in the 2000s. In 2009 we went to an exhibition in Schwäbisch Hall ("Just Nature", Kunsthalle Würth) which was exclusively dedicated to the latter - still to this day a great memory.

Bigger Trees Near Warter, 2007 by David Hockney

Bigger Trees Near Warter, 2007 by David Hockney

On the whole the current retrospective gives a good overview of Hockney's work but we wished a greater number of works could have been presented, illustrating the different aspects of his work – especially the American and English landscapes.