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A HISTORY OF PICTURES by David Hockney & Martin Gayford


For us to understand how we see the world around us – and hence ourselves – what is needed is a history of pictures. This is that book.
David Hockney and Martin Gayford discuss the 30,000-year-old history of pictures in one brilliantly original volume

‘One thing is for sure. I won’t read a more interesting book all year … Although it begins by eschewing the word art, it starts to make sense of the word for me — more than anything I have ever read’ – A.N.Wilson Sunday Times
Read the whole Sunday Times review here

'Hockney, by sheer brilliance of perception, has put himself in a position where every major picture he knows about is a bottomless well of excitementClive James, Guardian
'… like hearing from superbly well-informed and enthusiastic friends, because the format, the superbly chosen illustrations for the entire history of image-making and the design of the book itself make its contents unusually accessible, allowing them still to be argumentative, stimulating, even at times unexpected, and totally engaging’– Marina Vaizey, V&A Magazine
''A History of Pictures' isn’t really a history book. Rather, it’s an eloquent conversational testimony to the vividness of life lived through intelligent looking. You will see Caravaggio and Citizen Kane with fresh eyes. Your Instagram feed will never look the same again'– Michael Bird, The Daily Telegraph
‘His sharp and often delightfully slanted take on pictures, explained in clear terms, crisps up perceptions and helps readers to look anew’– Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times
'... a glorious sea of appreciation and understanding that delights the mind and thrills the eye'– Sydney Morning Herald

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