: $90m David Hockney is not a break-up picture, says ex-lover

11-18-2018, 04:32 PM
Peter Schlesinger rejects interpretation of work that has broken record for living artist

It has been interpreted as the depiction of a very particular moment in the romantic life of David Hockney. Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which sold for $90.3m (70.3m) at auction in New York last week, shows his former lover and muse standing beside a pool and a man who might be the painters new boyfriend swimming under water.

But Peter Schlesinger, Hockneys ex-partner who was one of his students at the University of California, Los Angeles, has rejected the interpretation of the work that has now made the Yorkshire-born painter the worlds most highly valued living artist (https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/nov/15/david-hockney-painting-record-auction-living-artist). He says it is not an emotional depiction and is probably not even, in any meaningful sense, a portrait of him.

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