Two paintings made in 1965 illustrate this mood.
Coming from the Stella collection, an acrylic on canvas 122 x 122 cm is titled by mockery A realistic still life. It is estimated £ 1.5M for sale by Christie's in London on March 6, lot 37.
On the theme of the Californian swimming pools, the other example is estimated £ 2.5M for sale by Sotheby's in London on March 5, lot 50. Before it passed in the same auction room on March 7, 2018, I narrated it as follows, taking also as a reference an artwork from his earlier Egyptian series.
David Hockney finishes his art studies in London in 1962. He admires the false childishness of Dubuffet's graphics.
Eager for exotic sensations, he got a mission from Sunday Times magazine for a trip to Egypt in 1963. Excited by local solutions to the problem of water, he painted on his return a Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes where the foreground is invaded by a water pipe. This 183 x 183 cm oil on canvas was sold for £ 3.5M including premium by Christie's on February 13, 2013.
Until 1967 the homosexual act will remain a crime in the United Kingdom. To become a leading gay artist, Hockney prefers to leave. In 1964 he arrives in New York where he gets imbued with pop art. In Los Angeles he is enchanted by the atmosphere of freedom, the apparent ease of life, and the tanned bodies of half naked young men at the pool and on the beach.
The acrylic on canvas 183 x 152 cm painted in 1965 that comes for sale has a title is the form of a didactic program : Different kinds of water pouring into a swimming pool, Santa Monica. As in the Pyramids the pipe has the main role in this naive composition without people. Its water flows down to the floor of the pool. In the distance a row of trees benefits from the irrigation.
Shortly afterward the idyllic swimming pools under the Californian sun become the main theme of his art, with now the realism required for the contemplation of men.
Sotheby's : SOLD for £ 2.7M including premium
Christie's : UNSOLD