Analyzes two crayon drawings from artist’s Realism period, Celia in a Black Dress with White Flowers (1972) & Celia Wearing Checked Sleeves (1973). Style, content & usefulness in art instruction.
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David Hockney has had one of the most unusual careers of any artist of this century. Born in England in 1937, by the time he left London’s Royal College of Art Hockney already had a national reputation as a painter. Since that time he has consistently been one of the most financially and critically successful artists in the world as well as one of the most popular (Livingstone 9). Hockney’s works are known and recognized by a far broader audience than most artists enjoy. His is the kind of success that perfectly blends popular and critical acclaim. Thus, the prestigious Tate Gallery of London consistently reports that Hockney’s well-known double portrait Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy (1970-71) is the museum’s most popular picture with visitors (Geldzahler 14). This popularity has grown even as Hockney has changed mediums and styles. From the early…