David Hockney on Vincent van Gogh | FULL INTERVIEW

David Hockney on Vincent van Gogh | FULL INTERVIEW

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From 1 March 2019, the colossal works of David Hockney were on display in the Netherlands, at the Van Gogh Museum. For the first time, this spectacular exhibition offered an extensive and colourful exploration of the common ground between the work of Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney.

Hockney: ‘His paintings are full of movement. What people love about Van Gogh’s paintings is that all the brush marks are visible and you can see how they are painted. When you’re drawing one blade of grass you’re looking and then you see more. And then you see the other blades of grass and you’re always seeing more. Well, that’s exciting to me and it was exciting to Van Gogh. I mean, he saw very clearly’.

‘The world is colourful. It is beautiful, I think. Nature is great. Van Gogh worshipped nature. He might have been miserable, but that doesn’t show in his work. There are always things that will try to pull you down. But we should be joyful in looking at the world’. - David Hockney

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Production: Mals Media

Director: Kay Lindhout
Interview: Else Siemerink
Production: Anna Jordans & Else Siemerink
DOP: Victor Horstink
Edit: Tobias Cornelissen
Sound: Koos van der Vaart
Music: Arling & Cameron / Modern Day Composers
Translation: Joey Meeuwisse
Online edit & color grading: SALT Amsterdam
Audio post processing: Bob Kommer Studio’s


Licensed materials courtesy of:

“David Hockney: A Bigger Picture” (2009) a film by Bruno Wollheim, Coluga Pictures.

“Love's Presentation" (1966) a film by James Scott, courtesy James Scott.

“A Bigger Splash" (1974) a film by Jack Hazan, courtesy Buzzy Enterprises Limited.

“I assume the best work is yet to come’: David Hockney” (1980) Newsnight archives.


With thanks to David Hockney, the David Hockney Foundation, David Hockney inc.

Van Gogh Museum, 2019