History of Pictures
  • Imprint: Abrams Books
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2020
  • Price: $29.99
  • Trim Size: 6 12 x 9 12
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-5028-1
  • EAN: 9781419750281
  • Page Count: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: US and Canada

A compact edition of Hockney and Gayford’s brilliantly original book, with updated material and brand-new pieces of art

Informed and energized by a lifetime of painting, drawing, and making images with cameras, David Hockney, in collaboration with art critic Martin Gayford, explores how and why pictures have been made across the millennia. Juxtaposing a rich variety of images—a still from a Disney cartoon with a Japanese woodblock print by Hiroshige, a scene from an Eisenstein film with a Velazquez paint­ing—the authors cross the normal boundaries between high culture and popular entertainment, and argue that film, photography, paint­ing, and drawing are deeply interconnected. Featuring a revised final chapter with some of Hockney’s latest works, this new, compact edition of A History of Pictures remains a significant contribution to the discussion of how artists represent reality.

About the authors

David Hockney is one of the world’s most popular painters and the author of the bestselling Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters (2001). Martin Gayford is an art critic and the author of many books, including Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud (2013) and Rendez-vous with Art, with Philippe de Montebello (2014).