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David Hockney Self-Portrait Installed in Museum Ahead of New Exhibition

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A new self-portrait by David Hockney has been installed at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, where it will go on public display for the first time.

The 84-year-old painted Self-Portrait, on November 22, 2021, in Normandy, where he previously spoke of living in the countryside without distractions from his art.

He has previously described life creating art in a “messy” house in northern France as “fantastic”.

“When the lockdown came, I think it was wonderful because I wanted to be isolated anyway,” he said at Hay Festival last year.

After Hobbema (Useful Knowledge) 2017 by David Hockney is installed at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (David Hockney/ Joe Giddens/PA)

A series of drawings, paintings and digital works by the Bradford-born artist will be exhibited at Fitzwilliam and Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge as part of Hockney’s Eye: The Art And Technology Of Depiction.

It includes his latest self-portrait, which has not been shown anywhere before, and some works that have not been shown in the UK before, including the pieces Annunciation II, After Fra Angelico and After Hobbema (Useful Knowledge) 2017.

His self-portrait belongs to a group of works begun in late 2021, executed quickly and extensively so that the artist’s brush marks are clearly visible.

In the Fitzwilliam Museum’s picture galleries, Hockney’s images will be displayed in a “series of provocative encounters with works by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, John Constable and Andy Warhol,” the museum said.

David Hockney's Annunciation II after Fra Angelico is installed in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.  (David Hockney/Joe Giddens/PA)

David Hockney’s Annunciation II after Fra Angelico is on display (David Hockney/Joe Giddens/PA)

Meanwhile, the exhibit at Heong Gallery traces his “pioneering modern experiments in bringing together manual, ocular, and optical instruments from the 1960s to the present.”

The exhibition, which is free, will be open from Tuesday March 15 to August 29.


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