David Hockney: A Life
"Catherine Cusset's book caught a lot of me. I could recognize myself." — David Hockney
With clear, vivid prose, this meticulously researched novel draws an intimate, moving portrait of the most famous living English painter. Born in 1937 in a small town in the north of England, David Hockney had to fight to become an artist. After leaving his home in Bradford for the Royal College of Art in London, his career flourished, but he continued to struggle with a sense of not belonging, because of his homosexuality, which had yet to be decriminalized, and his inclination for a figurative style of art not sufficiently "contemporary" to be valued. Trips to New York and California—where he would live for many years and paint his iconic swimming pools—introduced him to new scenes and new loves, beginning a journey that would take him through the fraught years of the AIDS epidemic.
A compelling hybrid of novel and biography, Life of David Hockney offers an insightful overview of a painter whose art is as accessible as it is compelling, and whose passion to create has never been deterred by heartbreak or illness or loss.
"Reading Life of David Hockney somehow mimics the experience of looking at a painting by the artist…vivid…compelling." — The Economist
"Vivid scenes…combine with loving descriptions of Hockney's canvases to create an engaging chronicle." — The New Yorker
"As sunny as the poolside California that
was the artist's longtime muse…an affirming vision of a restless talent
propelled by optimism and chance…Cusset captures the psyche of a painter."
New York Times Book Review