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Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #1

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Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #1


David Hockney (British, born 1937)




California, United States (Place Created)




Chromogenic print

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119.1 × 162.9 cm (46 7/8 × 64 1/8 in.)


© 1986 David Hockney

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Gift of David Hockney

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Object Description

Most photographers think that the rules of perspective are built into the very nature of photography, that it is not possible to change it at all. For me, it was a long process realizing that this does not have to be the case.

When making his two photocollages of Pearblossom Highway, David Hockney positioned himself closer to or more distant from his subjects, choosing which elements in the scene should be large and which should be small. By reassembling views from multiple perspectives, he applied ideas borrowed from Cubist painting to produce a rich, compound image that he considers "a panoramic assault on Renaissance one-point perspective."

Hockney made this work as a preparatory study for the final version, Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2, which measures approximately six-and-a-half by nine feet. Aside from scale, the principal differences between the two versions are the distortion of the stop sign in the foreground and the left and right edges of the composition.

- 1997

Created in 1986 by the artist, David Hockney Los Angeles, CA, U.S., British, born 1937, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997.

David Hockney Photoworks 1967-1997 (December 20, 1997 to March 8, 1998)
  • Museum Ludwig (Cologne), December 20, 1997 to March 8, 1998
David Hockney (January 26 to April 26, 1999)
  • Musée d'Art Moderne (Brussels), January 26 to April 26, 1999
Tradition and Innovation: Recent Additions to the Photographs Collection (June 20 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 20 to October 8, 2000
David Hockney: Photoworks (July 22 to October 21, 2001)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), July 22 to October 21, 2001
Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the West (March 24 to June 8, 2009)
  • The Museum of Modern Art (New York), March 24 to June 8, 2009
David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture (January 21 to September 30, 2012)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 21 to April 9, 2012
  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, May 14 to September 30, 2012
David Hockney (February 9, 2017 to February 25, 2018)
  • Tate Britain (London), February 9 to May 29, 2017
  • Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), June 19 to October 23, 2017
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), November 20, 2017 to February 25, 2018

Ottinger, Didier, David Hockney, exh. cat. (London: Tate Britain, with Éditions du Centre Pompidou, 2017), pp. 224-225.