A History of Pictures - From the Cave to the Computer Screen (paperback)


Author: David Hockney

'I won't read a more interesting book all year... utterly fascinating' A. N. Wilson, Sunday Times

'A magic flight of a book' Clive James, Guardian

'Enormously good-humoured and entertaining Hockney asks big questions about the nature of picture-making and the relationship between painters and photography in a way that no other contemporary artists seems to.' Andrew Marr, New Statesman

A new, compact edition of David Hockney and Martin Gayford's brilliantly original book, with a revised final chapter and three entirely new Hockney artworks

Informed and energised by a lifetime of painting, drawing, and making images with cameras, David Hockney, in collaboration with art critic Martin Gayford, explores how and why pictures have been made across the millennia. Juxtaposing a rich variety of images--a still from a Disney cartoon with a Japanese woodblock print by Hiroshige, a scene from an Eisenstein film with a Velazquez paint ing--the authors cross the normal boundaries between high culture and popular entertainment, and argue that film, photography, paint ing, and drawing are deeply interconnected. Featuring a revised final chapter with some of Hockney's latest works, this new, compact edition of A History of Pictures remains a significant contribution to the discussion of how artists represent reality.

An eloquent conversational testimony to the vividness of life lived through intelligent looking. You will see Caravaggio and Citizen Kane with fresh eyes-  Daily Telegraph

  • Paperback : 368 pages
  • Dimensions : 21.8 x 3.5 x 14.8 cm
  • Publisher : Thames & Hudson Ltd; 2nd edition (20 Feb. 2020)