David Hockney's Normandy
I wouldn't expect to see Normandy get a mention on the TV at the moment (that is usually saved for D-Day events in June) but last night it did get talked about on the BBC News, thanks to the artist David Hockney. The 83 year old moved to Normandy last March, inspired in part by the blossom that fills the our orchards and hedgerows every spring. And it is these blossoms that are the feature of his latest work that was exhibited in the Pace Gallery in New York last year. Please do visit their website to have a look at this impressive artwork which bears a slight resemblance to The Bayeux Tapestry and was created using a Japanese accordion notebook.
UPDATE: You now have the chance to see his work right here in Normandy. From 22nd September 2022 to 23rd April 2023 the fresco will be exhibited at the Bayeux Tapestry Museum in an exhibition entitled A Year in Normandie.
for 2 of Normandy's famous cheeses. Beuvron-en-Auge also holds the prestigious title of being one of France's Plus Beaux Villages due to it's stunning architecture. Cider, cheese and medieval architecture - what's not to love?!medieval architecture - w' !
Photo credit - Devisme.alain / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
It is easy to understand why David Hockney chose Normandy as his home. The letter he had sent to the BBC was also a reminder to people to enjoy the simpler things in life, especially in times of crisis:
"We have lost touch with nature rather foolishly as we are a part of it, not outside it. This will in time be over and then what? What have we learned? I am 83 years old, I will die. The cause of death is birth.
"The only real things in life are food and love in that order, just like our little dog Ruby. I really believe this and the source of art is love.
"I love life."
We live in the strangest of times but all around us Nature carries on and in many cases thrives. Like David Hockney, we took the plunge and moved here. Maybe you cannot do the same but we can share this beautiful part of France with you. When travel is once again allowed will Normandy be on your travel bucket list?
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