David Hockney’s Mother I, Yorkshire Moors, August 1985 #1 is a large portrait of his mother made from photographs. The painting is part of a limited edition of 20 that was created in front of the motif in Yorkshire, near his birthplace. One unique aspect of the painting is the purple palette used to render the landscape which gives it a contemporary and eternal feel compared to traditional naturalism.
Hockney completed this piece during a time when he was actively exploring alternatives to naturalism. The portrait captures his mother’s personality with love and affection, while being influenced by Cubism movement. The Cubist approach can be seen in the blocky shapes used that give an impressionistic view of the Yorkshire Moors.
As one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, David Hockney has created many iconic pieces throughout his career. With Mother I, Yorkshire Moors, August 1985 #1, Hockney showcases not only his artistic skills but also his personal connection with one of his subjects. This makes it an essential piece for any fan or collector interested in both his work and life experiences growing up in rural England.