Phillips will soon launch its 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York City. Leading the lots is a rarely seen landscape painting by David Hockney titled Nichols Canyon which the late artist painted back in 1980. The work currently has a pre-sale estimate in the region of $35 million USD.
“Nichols Canyon is one of Hockney’s greatest masterpieces—and unequivocally the most important landscape by the artist in private hands. Marking the beginning of his decades-long panoramic landscapes series, it was one of only two monumental works Hockney executed following his return to painting from a brief hiatus spent exploring photography in the 1970s; the other, Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio, is held in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,” described Phillips in a statement.
Nichols Canyon is considered to be Hockney’s first mature landscape that features a modern depiction of Los Angeles. From his swimming pools of 1960s to the lifestyle of the 1980s, the artist championed Los Angeles as a prominent muse in his prolific oeuvre, and Nichols Canyon marked the beginning of his renowned body of richly-painted panoramas of the city.
“The moment you live up here, you get a different view of Los Angeles. First of all these wiggly lines seem to enter your life, and they entered the paintings,” Hockney expressed. “I began Nichols Canyon. I took a large canvas and drew a wiggly line down the middle which is what the roads seem to be. I was living up the hills and painting in my studio down the hills, so I was traveling back and forth every day, often two, three, four times a day. I actually felt those wiggly lines.”
Phillips’ 20th Century and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York will commence on December 7. Visit Phillips’ official website to learn more.