‘I have the vanity of an artist, I want my work to be seen, but I don’t have to be seen’

“I have the vanity of an artist, I want my work to be seen, but I don’t have to be seen." David Hockney #art #artwork #painting
David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972. Courtesy of Christie’s

“I have the vanity of an artist, I want my work to be seen, but I don’t have to be seen.”

David Hockney

Now the world's most expensive painting by a living artist, David Hockney's Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for $90.3 million from the Christie's auction house.  

‘The idea of painting two figures in different styles appealed so much that I began the painting immediately.’

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