DAVID HOCKNEY (b. 1937)
In 1993, Hockney noted that:
‘Egypt is one of the most thrilling countries I’ve ever been to in the sense that these monuments are the oldest known buildings anywhere. After all, when Cleopatra showed Julius Caesar the pyramids, they were already two thousand years old and more. It is quite awe-inspiring; not even in China are there things older, and I think you feel connected with them, whoever you are’
(D. Hockney, N. Stangos (ed.), That’s the Way I See it: David Hockney, London 1993, p. 36).
He first travelled to Egypt, at 26 after graduating from the Royal College of Art and thereafter, completed 40 works of art with the Egyptian theme. The painting, the Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebe is the only surviving canvas from his first trip. For more information on Hockney and his painting click on the link to a Christie’s article written by Cristiano De Lorenzo, 2013.