What’s interesting about the painting is that even though there were no animals or people in the painting, it emanates a lot of liveliness!
Created in 1988, the painting is basically a cubist treatment of geometry for the purpose of opening up the interior of an urban living space in the modern times.
By expanding the conventional tunnel perspective, the painting provides the user with a fish-eye panorama of the entire living space.
Just as with any other painting, the viewer’s attention is first drawn to the central living area. From there, one would begin to notice other things in the painting like the fireplace to the left, the kitchen towards the right, the dining area next to it, the external deck and outdoor garden to the upper left hand corner and so on.
There is also a beautiful center table holding a vase of flowers in the room, which is a very good addition. The painting does not look flat or lose its dimensions because all the contours of the ceiling (visible in the painting) are folded open.
There is also a great amount of light pouring in through the skylights. Of course, the vibrant choice of colors for the furniture makes the room all the more inviting and wholesome to the eyes!
The painting is a quintessential definition of a masterpiece because of the way the light, shapes and colors beautifully merge with one another, thereby creating an ultimate image! The only thing that the painting lacks is depth, hence it cannot essentially be termed as a 3D painting.
Some critics say that adding depth and three dimensional objects to the painting would have made it look more lifelike.
David Hockney was one of the most influential British painters of the twentieth century. His paintings have a unique blend of hyperactivity and calm in them. Hockney experiments with his painting style a lot and was very keen to dabble with all kinds of sources from Baroque to Cubism to Computer Graphics!
His works show that orthodoxies are meant to be shattered and that opposites can happily coexist together, which is why he takes great delight in breaking every rule (of painting) deliberately!