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Lunchtime Lecture: Conversations with the Past: Hockney and the Old Masters

4 June 2020, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Photographer Cecil Beaton at Sandwich

David Hockney The Student: Homage to Picasso, 1973, Etching, soft ground etching, lift ground etching, Edition of 120, 29 ¾ x 22 ¼” © David Hockney. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Plundering the history of art for its subjects, styles, solutions and techniques, David Hockney’s conversations with the art of the past have been lively and ongoing. From his early subversion of Hogarth’s moralising tale in A Rake’s Progress (1961–3) to his employment of the reed pen inspired by Vincent van Gogh, through the compositions, quotations and approaches of artists from Tiepolo to Toulouse-Lautrec, this talk by Isabel Seligman will examine the impact of artists of the past on Hockney’s graphic portraits, in particular the work of Rembrandt, Ingres and Picasso.

Isabel Seligman is the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. She is currently working on a project encouraging art students to explore and take advantage of the Museum’s vast graphic collection, comprising 50,000 drawings and over two million prints. Recent exhibitions and publications include Lines of Thought: drawing from Michelangelo to now and Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now.

Part of the programme of events complementing the major exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 10 February 2020.