Study for "My Parents and Myself"

While Hockney was living in Paris intermittently from 1973 to 1975, he was visited by his parents and began making preparatory drawings for a painting of them. His father worked as a clerk but was also an amateur artist and antismoking campaigner, well known for his strong political views. His mother was a quiet but strong matriarchal figure. The artist inserted himself into the picture through his reflection in the mirror on the cart.

David Hockney
Study for “My Parents and Myself,” 1974
Colored pencil on paper
The David Hockney Foundation
© David Hockney