1966 © David Hockney. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln.

The Sunbather

David Hockney , 1966 , California

Reflections on water

In works such as Sunbather and Portrait of Nick Wilder, the effect of light landing on water is as much the subject of the paintings as their human figures.

I had become interested in the more general problem of painting the water, finding a way to do it. It is an interesting formal problem, really, apart from its subject matter; it is a formal problem to represent water, to describe water, because it can be anything—it can be any color, it’s movable, it has no set visual description. I just used my drawings for these paintings and my head invented.

  • David Hockney
  • 1966
  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  • Painting
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • ML 01192
  • 72 x 72"
  • Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Köln

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