Friday, January 30, 2009


He found the closest thing to an abstract image in our world and a system of painting it as figuratively as possible.

Bryan Appleyard on David Hockney's swimming pools, from The Pleasures of Peace. Appleyard has his own cheerful, intelligent blog here. In this book of his, subtitled 'Art and the Imagination in Postwar Britain' he grabs the reins of the historical forces of the period and manages to get them to play together rather beautifully. It's a wonderful kick up the behind for someone whose own study of the period sometimes seems all-too-prone to whittle the really juicy stuff into dry bone.

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