Back in November, David Hockney’s little known painting titled Sur la Terrasse went up for auction at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sale. Next month, one of the most iconic images from the British artist’s career, titled The Splash, will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s in London. The painting is estimated to sell for between $26 million USD and $38 million USD.
Painted in 1966, The Splash captures the moment just seconds after a diver has broken the surface of a California swimming pool. A diving board is angled towards a plane of turquoise water, while a ’60s modernist house is drenched in the sun. “When you photograph a splash, you’re freezing a moment and it becomes something else,” Hockney has explained. “I realize that a splash could never be seen this way in real life, it happens too quickly. And I was amused by this, so I painted it in a very, very slow way.”
The Splash is one of a series of three “Splash” paintings. While the largest one, A Bigger Splash, is situated at the Tate Modern, Little Splash remains in a private collection and has never been sold publicly.
Expect The Splash to go up for auction at Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale on February 11.
34-35 New Bond St
View this post on Instagram
David Hockney’s landmark pool painting is set to make a ‘splash’ in London ? Painted in 1966, ‘The Splash’ is expected to sell for more than £20 million when it appears in our Contemporary Art Evening Auction on February 11. The painting captures a fleeting moment just seconds after a diver has broken the calm surface of a swimming pool. It is one of a series of three ‘splashes’, the largest of which is a jewel in the @Tate collection. The painting follows the artist’s relocation to LA just months earlier. The city was everything the Yorkshire-born artist had hoped it would be: a land of possibility, sun drenched houses, deep blue pools, palm trees and beautiful bodies, and ‘The Splash’ embodies the warmth, affluence, and pursuit of pleasure which Hockney so loved about this Californian dreamland. – #SothebysContemporary #CaliforniaDreaming #DavidHockney #losangeles