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My Mother Sleeping, Los Angeles

One of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century, David Hockney is also closely associated with the California Pop art movement. Nonetheless, his work is difficult to pigeonhole. He does not use pop culture or advertising imagery, but focuses instead on more traditional themes such as landscape and portraiture. To solve representational problems like perspective in his paintings, Hockney began taking photographs. Questioning the limitations of a single image to capture human vision, his photo collages (which he called “joiners”) use numerous color photographs in a Cubist-like arrangement to suggest a greater sense of depth, time, and space. Hockney’s subjects are usually those closest to him: friends, lovers, dealers, patrons, and his family. In this image his seated mother, Laura, in a black dress creates a contemporary riff on Whistler’s Mother.

David Hockney
English, born 1937
My Mother Sleeping, Los Angeles
Image/sheet (irregular): 17 ¾ x 17 ½ in. (45.0 x 44.4 cm); mount: 22 3/4 x 22 7/8 in. (57.8 x 58.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds from Anthony Moravec and the Eskenazi Museum of Art’s Art Acquisition Fund, 2011.58

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