David Hockney paints the Mosque

David Hockney, father of British Pop Art, is seduced by Andalusia. And more specifically Muslim architecture, with colorful tiles, fountains and patios, of some of its major cities: Cordova, Granada and Seville. A seduction that reflected in a series of watercolors and large ups. The collection is displayed for the first time in the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy in London, an annual event open to both established artists as novices and held since 1768.

Hockney first visited Andalusia in January. At 67 years old, traveled by car from London and ended up in Madrid, attracted by the work of Goya in the Prado Museum. Southbound followed by scenarios that reminded the Western United States, where in the seventies emigrated to escape the darkness of his native Bradford.

The result of two weeks wandering the Cordoba Mosque, by the Alhambra in Granada and Seville Gardens, is a collection of six watercolors Hockney large shows for the first time in the popular Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy in London. In contrast to the landscape of the Grand Canyon, strong shades and even strident, his series Andalusia is dominated by the soft colors and delicate brush strokes with which columns outlined, palms, arches, sources and tile with its perfect geometry.

Open to the public this week, a total of 1.245 works by contemporary artists, established and unknown, the exhibition of the Royal Academy invades the noble rooms and central courtyard to London Academy 16 August. Hockney himself, in collaboration with the artist Allen Jones, has helped in the selection of works and has been responsible for assembling the same. There are pictures, sculptures, drawings, prints and architectural models. Most works are for sale.

A proposal of the Commissioners, exposure turns his weight in the drawing. Collect work members of the Academy, of aspiring artists and designers working in other branches; among themselves, Michael Clark, dancer and choreographer, or the filmmaker Alan Parker. The exhibition also offers a tribute to British and foreign scholars died in the last year.

Source of text: The Country
NOTE: The image of the picture is taken from their website. While watercolors exhibited, has however subsequently larger with the reason for the Mosque:
Andalucia, Mosques, Cordova 2004, oil on canvas, 136×48 in.

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  1. Alberto Schommer
    The book presents in Cordoba “The Search”, based on the Mosque-Cathedral. This book belongs to “Stone Four Bodies”.


    The universe of the Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher takes over from 'Pharaoh'
    exhibitions hall Elizabeth II channel hosts this sample of 135 pieces

    Some of the works included in the exhibition 'MCEscher. The art of the impossible '. Photo: EFE

    Madrid. Labyrinths, rooms without beginning or end, and a "magic box" inhabited by monks and lizards, music by Bach, recreate the world of Maurits Cornelis Escher, in the first major exhibition of the Dutch artist that takes place in Spain and takes over Pharaoh in the exhibition hall of the Canal de Isabel II.

    The fourth room Castilla square tank has been transformed for the occasion into a "singular" to show the "world of illusion" of this unique artist where, from tomorrow, can be observed 135 of his most important, announced yesterday the vice president and president of the Community Channel, Ignacio González.

    Following the success of the Warriors in Xian and Pharaoh , which was 700.000 visitors, M.C exposure. Escher. The art of the impossible , organized by the Community of Madrid and the Canal de Isabel II, claims to be "the Madrid cultural reference this Christmas", Gonzalez said during the inauguration.

    The sample is divided into seven rooms dedicated to different themes and periods of the artist, and two, made especially for the exhibition: Isotropic Mosque and the Magic Box.

    Beside some work Escher, audiovisual pieces were installed that stage visual games hidden in their work. This is the case of a key work in his career:Metamorphosis , that marked a before and after in his career, fruit of his visits to the Alhambra in Granada and the Mosque of Cordoba, where he began to delve into the idea of ​​infinity.

    Mathematics and physics play a role in Escher's work through the mathematical representation of infinity symbol, Moebio tape or geometric composition through pieces like Chutes, Reptiles or fish and frogs.

    Another recurring theme of the show is the architecture, view from the peculiarity of the artist through up and down stairs, submerged and distorted cathedrals facades as reflecting on the surface of Reinmann , which embodies the extensive gallery of engravings Gallery .

    After contemplating the fundamental works of Escher, visitors can enter their world through two built spaces for the exhibition: The mosque isotropic andThe Magic Box.

    In isotropic Mosque invites strolling "between real and mirrored columns" in a space that "behaves the same in all directions", where the preferred colors dominate the work of the Dutch: white and black.

    The world of illusion artist is represented in Magic Box, where his paintings come alive through the landscape or figures of monks and lizards, an animation playing with the lights and music of Johann Sebastian Bach. >efe

  3. It could be that the page itself was wrong outlined Hockney, because the image is the drawing and that saying of oil on canvas it seems weird, the actual record of the work is:

    Andalucia. Mosque. Cordova, 2004
    watercolor on paper (two sheets)
    Sheet: 29 1/2 x 83 in. [74.9 x 210.8 cm] Framed: 33 1/2 x 87 in.[84.5 x 221 cm]
    Private collection

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