The RA's major exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture
is only weeks away and the exhibition's catalogue is currently in production. In the meantime, these two new Hockney books are hot off the press just in time for Christmas (and would make perfect stocking fillers).
In 1969 Hockney embarked on a series of etchings inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales. The artist was particularly interested in re-interpreting these strange and supernatural stories for a modern audience. He focused on quirky and often macabre elements of these familiar tales, which he rendered in the distinctive graphic style - featuring the juxtaposition of cross-hatching and painterly elements - that characterised his work of this period.
The book of the etchings has now been republished by the RA for the first time since the early 1970s.
'A Yorkshire Sketchbook' is exactly that - a facsimile of Hockney's 2004 sketchbook in which he recorded his views of the Yorkshire Wolds and his domestic environment in watercolour and ink. Both immediate and intimate, the sketches reveal a rare glimpse into his working practice.
Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm with Illustrations by David Hockney
(£16.95) and A Yorkshire Sketchbook
(£14.95) are available now in the RA Shop, and can be ordered online for despatch in the new year.
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