David Hockney: Face Forward
"Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool," (1966),
Acrylic on canvas
Hockney hit his stride after he moved to Los Angeles in the mid 1960s. His palette famously took on a Southern California luminosity, a contrast to the overcast of his native Yorkshire. "Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool" (1966) is less a portrait of Hockney's 17-year-old lover hoisting himself out of a swimming pool than it is an evocation of that light, and the crisp lines of modernist architecture.
(Collection of David Hockney / MFA)