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David Hockney's Brilliance

I've re-read Hockney's "Secret Knowledge," the updated version, which includes a good deal of additional material not found in the original book I read nearly 20 years ago.

What is now known as the "Hockney-Falco Thesis" ( still feels right to me, aligning with my own observations and practices. What is most ludicrous of all is the condemnation of lens-based imagery in amateur painting circles. Even a casual analysis of the history of optics and image-making would discount this.

How does this relate to the emergence of plein-air painting? Is this practice a rebellion against using photography . . . considering that the enforcing of linear perspective is present in almost all paintings produced in this fashion?

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