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Photo Essay: Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature

Posted on 09 Apr 2019

'Hockney - Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature' presents unique insights into the influences and similarities behind the work of David Hockney and Van Gogh, for the first time, art lovers can study their pieces side by side. Take a look at a selection of art from the book.

‘I’ve always found the world quite beautiful, looking at it. Just looking. And that’s an important thing I share with Vincent van Gogh: we both really, really enjoy looking at the world.’ David Hockney

Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature presents unique insights into the influences and similarities behind the work of David Hockney and Van Gogh. Nature is a substantial theme for both artists, one that draws their work together – Hockney’s Yorkshire landscapes are especially reminiscent of Van Gogh’s ‘Wheatfield with Crows’ and ‘The Harvest’ – and now, for the first time, art lovers can study their pieces side by side. Take a look at a selection of art from Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature, the book also features an exclusive interview with Hockney and an essay by writer and art critic Hans den Hartog Jager.

David Hockney painting "May Blossom on the Roman Road", 2009, © David Hockney, Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima

The Harvest Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, June 1888 oil on canvas, 73.4 cm x 91.8 cm Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

David Hockney, 'Woldgate Vista, 27 July 2005', Oil on canvas, 24 x 36'', © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, 'Kilham to Langtoft II, 27 July 2005', Oil on canvas, 24 x 36", © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, July 1887 oil on canvas, 46.5 cm x 38.0 cm Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

David Hockney, 'Woldgate Woods, 26, 27 & 30 July 2006', Oil on 6 canvases (36 x 48'' each), 72 x 144'' overall, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, October 1889 oil on canvas, 73.8 cm Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

David Hockney, 'Woldgate Woods, 6 & 9 November 2006', Oil on 6 canvases (36 x 48" each), 72 x 144'' overall, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, 'May Blossom on the Roman Road', 2009, Oil on 8 canvases (36 x 48" each), 72 x 192" overall, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven)', Oil on 32 canvases (36 x 48" each), 144 x 384" overall, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle

Field with Irises near Arles Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, May 1888 oil on canvas, 54 cm x 65 cm Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

David Hockney, 'More Felled Trees on Woldgate', 2008, Oil on 2 canvases (60 x 48" each), 60 x 96'' overall, © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

See more of the official book accompanying the Van Gogh Museum exhibition, Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature or explore our other Van Gogh and Hockney titles.

 

Words by Mubarak Elmubarak

A History of Pictures

From the Cave to the Computer Screen David Hockney, Martin Gayford
£29.95

David Hockney's Dog Days

David Hockney
£8.95

Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

Axel Rüger, Marije Vellekoop
£29.95

Vincent's Gardens

Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh Ralph Skea
£12.95

Vincent's Trees

Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh Ralph Skea
£12.95

Vincent's Portraits

Paintings and Drawings by Van Gogh Ralph Skea
£12.95