The information was relayed by the Wall Street Journal or the Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Normandy would be David Hockney's new home sweet home. The 82-year-old British painter would have bought a house near Caen, presumably in the Bessin. He would leave Los Angeles, where he lived a large part of his life, to escape the anti-smoking laws, the puritanical spirit, and the vegan fashion that reign in California.

In an interview relayed by the Daily Mail, the painter claimed that "the French know how to live. They know how to take pleasure."

The most expensive painter in the world

David Hockney, portrait painter and landscape painter is a major figure of pop art of the 60s. He is immensely known for his series of pools and his scenes of California life. In November 2018, "Portrait of an Artist" (Pool with Two Figures), a painting made in 1972, was auctioned 70 million pounds (78 million euros) at auctions at Christie's, the highest price ever paid at auction for a work of a living artist.

In 2017, for his 80th birthday, a triple retrospective was devoted to Met (New York), Tate Britain (London) and Center Pompidou (Paris).

The portrait of David Hockney on France 2 before the retrospective at the Pompidou Center (2017)

Fasteners in Normandy

David Hockney has been a regular visitor to Normandy since about the 1990s. And that is, he confides to the Daily Mail, "in a dilapidated farm in the village of Saint-Jean-des-Bois, near Tinchebray", in the Orne, that he wrote his book about Peter Sellers.

One of his three children would have even been born in Flers. "We became part of the community, taking part in shows, weddings and parties".

Coming to Normandy, he would have found "his paradise"and decided to buy a house there to spend the rest of his life. a favorite for an old house of 1650, commonly called "The Great Court".

A fan of the Bayeux tapestry

If the artist chose the Bessin, it is perhaps because of his admiration for the Bayeux Tapestry. The artist has never hidden his fascination for this work of the eleventh century, which he considers as "worship", and that he dreams of painting as his ultimate work.

Normandy, decor of its next exhibition

Tomorrow Saturday, September 14 will open in New York "The great yard, Normandy", a series of paintings made in 2019 in his new property. A monumental work of 24 panels that depict "the arrival of spring in the French countryside". The artist would represent all of his property with its various buildings, and the landscaping of cherry, pear and apple trees, as well as hawthorn thickets and elderflowers.

Four individual drawings, also represent each side of the 17th century house, each drawing bearing the name of its exhibition: North, South, East and West.

© Pace gallery, NYC
© Pace gallery, NYC