The Meeting (or Have a Nice Day, Mr. Hockney) by Peter Blake


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The Meeting (or Have a Nice Day, Mr. Hockney) by Peter Blake The Meeting (or Have a Nice Day, Mr. Hockney) by Peter Blake

Artist: Peter Blake (1932)

Nationality: British

Completion Date: 1983

Style: Pop art

Genre: Genre painting

Media: Oil on canvas

Location: Tate Gallery, London

This painting shows a meeting between three friends, all British painters: Howard Hodgkin (left), Peter Blake (middle) and David Hockney (right). It was painted after Blake and Hodgkin stayed with Hockney in Los Angeles in 1979.

The scene is an ironic re-working of Gustave Courbet’s painting The Meeting or ‘Bonjour Monsieur Courbet’ (illustrated to the left) which shows the artist greeting two friends. Blake relocates this country encounter to the urban setting of Venice Beach, California. Unlike his more formally dressed visitors from Britain, Hockney is in his element, casually dressed among the billboards, palm trees and beautiful roller-skaters.

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About Jez Farmer

I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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