One of Hockney’s most recognisable works, which can also be found in collections such as the Met in New York and the Tate Gallery in London, ‘Lithograph of Water Made of Lines with Two Light Blue Washes’ narrates the artist’s impression of the poolside Californian lifestyle.
Using colours which evoke the slow paced idle West Coast life, Hockney develops a manifesto for its freedom and liberal morals. Hockney researches both architectural elements and texture of the pool, which he represents through the juxtaposition of lines and shades of blue.
A homosexual, when Hockney first visited California, he was fascinated by its openness and the lifestyle of its population. A tribute to these characteristics, ‘Lithograph of Water Made of Lines with Two Light Blue Washes’ testifies Hockney’s search for freedom and beauty.