10 thoughts on “Sunday Painting: My Parents by David Hockney

  1. Mary March 7, 2010 / 9:29 pm

    such a touching painting – actually got tears in my eyes looking at it

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  2. Hannah Stoneham March 8, 2010 / 5:14 am

    Yes this is classic Hockney – really human and touching. thanks for sharing

    Hannah

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  3. Nan March 8, 2010 / 1:07 pm

    This is a great idea -the Sunday painting. There's a lot going on, isn't there? Is the mother just doing what she thinks she's supposed to do – posing? Is the father unable to look up at his son, and hence is absorbed in his book. And what is that book? Not literary, I don't think. Stamp collecting? And the space between them is quite telling. Our responses to paintings are just as personal as those to books, and people for that matter! Thanks, Thomas.

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  4. Nadia March 8, 2010 / 4:57 pm

    What a great painting! The colors and emotions leap out of you. Love it!

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  5. agoodstoppingpoint March 9, 2010 / 3:32 pm

    Wow. I really like this painting. The postures of the couple seem very realistic and familiar.

    – Christy

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  6. Mlle Paradis March 9, 2010 / 4:28 pm

    What do I need to add? Yup this painting has SO much going on! So tender and so real. And maybe a little conflicted. Nice choice. Hockney often brings tears to my eyes.

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  7. Thomas at My Porch March 11, 2010 / 12:47 am

    Nan: I am glad you like the Sunday Painting feature. I have all these great art postcards I have collected over a decade or two and this is a great way to share them. I like your observations about the Hockney.

    Nadia: Seemingly simple, but lots going on here.

    Christy: I know what you mean. I feel like I can hear their voices.

    Mlle: For me the overall feeling is that these two folks are comfortable with their lives and with each other. Even with their physical distance and separation and the fact that they are both seemingly in their own world at the moment, they seem very much “together”.

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  8. StuckInABook March 13, 2010 / 9:49 am

    I love this picture – I have it as a postcard, and often use it for a bookmark. I used it for Elizabeth Taylor's Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont – the Virago edition has a painting on its cover with a woman very like the one in Hockney's painting. I mentioned this in my review, and the painter got in touch with me! (of the Virago cover, *not* Hockney…)

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  9. Thomas at My Porch March 15, 2010 / 8:08 pm

    Simon: That is cool that the artist got in touch with you. I think this Hockney could be an Anita Brookner cover, but so few of her characters are widowed or otherwise alone, I am not sure it would apply.

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