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A History of Pictures
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1. Pictures, Art and History * 2. Pictures and Reality * 3. Making Marks * 4. Shadows * 5. Picturing Space and Time * 6. Brunelleschi's Window and Alberti's Mirror * 7. Mirrors and Reflections * 8. Paper, Paint and Multiplying Pictures * 9. Painting the Stage and Staging Paintings * 10. Caravaggio and the Academy of the Lynx-Eyed * 11. Vermeer and Rembrandt: the Hand, the Lens and the Heart * 12. Truth and Beauty in the Age of Reason * 13. The Camera Before and After 1839 * 14. Photography, Truth and Painting * 15. Painting with and without Photography * 16. Snapshots and Moving Pictures * 17. Movies and Stills * 18. The Unending History of Pictures

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David Hockney and Martin Gayford discuss the 30,000-year-old history of pictures in one brilliantly original volume

About the Author

David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He has produced work in almost every medium - painting, drawing, stage design, photography and printmaking - and has stretched the boundaries of all of them. Born in Bradford, England, in 1937, Hockney attended art school in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s. There, he painted his famous swimming pool paintings. In a 2011 poll of more than 1,000 British artists, Hockney was voted the most influential British artist of all time. He continues to create and exhibit art. Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo. He is the author of Man with a Blue Scarf, Rendez-vous with Art and A Bigger Message. He has collaborated with David Hockney on A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney and A History of Pictures, and has co-written a volume of travels and conversations with Philippe de Montebello: Rendez-vous with Art.

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'I won't read a more interesting book all year ... utterly fascinating' - A. N. Wilson, Sunday Times
'Hockney asks big questions about the nature of picture-making and the relationship between painters and photography in a way that no other contemporary artist seems to do ... Enormously good-humoured and entertaining ... On almost every page, there is an interesting provocation' - Andrew Marr, New Statesman
'An eloquent conversational testimony to the vividness of life lived through intelligent looking. You will see Caravaggio and Citizen Kane with fresh eyes' - Daily Telegraph
'A magic flight of a book ... It's a measure of Hockney's vividness of perception that he can always put a cap on Gayford's knowledge ... Fabulous!' - Clive James, Guardian
'Crisps up perceptions and help readers to look anew' - The Times

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