David Hockney "A Year in Normandie" 2020-2021 (detail) Composite iPad painting

David Hockney. A Year in Normandie

David Hockney takes over the Musée de l'Orangerie from 13 October 2021 to 14 February 2022 with an 80-metre long fresco that tells us about the tireless cycle of nature and the long-awaited arrival of spring in his adopted Normandy.

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Locked away in Normandy, where he settled two years ago, the famous British painter David Hockney used these long months of isolation and introspection to create a titanic work unveiled today at the Musée de l'Orangerie, in the heart of Paris, a few steps from the jardin des Tuileries and the musée du Louvre.

Equipped with an iPad, a technique he has been using for more than ten years and which allows him to capture images quickly and accurately, the octogenarian artist has produced more than one hundred images of his house, his garden and the surrounding countryside in a few weeks. In the manner of the Impressionist painters**, he captured the effects of light on the ever-changing flora and fauna, the softness of the sun's rays in the orchards, the mood swings of the sky, etc.

The artist, who during a visit to the Bayeux museum was strongly influenced by the Tapestry of Queen Matilda, presents his own version of a narrative fresco. The palette of bright and colourful colours spread over 80 metres bears witness to the passing of time and reminds us that the world will always be there after us. This is not the artist's first attempt at the same exercise, having already done so ten years earlier with the captivating Landscapes of his native Yorkshire!

Presented in the large gallery of the Musée de l'Orangerie, the exhibition A Year in Normandy echoes the cycle of Nymphéas by impressionist painter Claude Monet which can be seen in the museum.

Certainly one of the most awaited exhibitions of the year 2021!

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Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris 1er

Days and opening hours

From 13/10/2021 to 14/02/2022 between 9 am and 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Booking required.


  • Full price: 12.50 €, Reduced price: 10 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years.


Spoken languages

  • French
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