David Hockney Explains How Los Angeles Inspired His 20th Century Icon

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Painted in Los Angeles in 1966, David Hockney’s ‘The Splash’ is as recognisable as Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’, Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and Munch’s ‘The Scream’. In this episode of Sotheby’s Expert Voices, discover how the liberal lifestyle in Los Angeles inspired one of the most iconic images of the 20th century and hear Hockney himself explain how he immortalized his split-second swimming pool moment on canvas.

A mythical masterpiece, ‘The Splash’ is a highlight of our upcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction (11 February | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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