Hockney and Van Gogh in the spotlight at Amsterdam exhibition

British artist David Hockney poses with his painting ‘The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Jan 16, 2012. (Reuters pic)

Playing a central role in “Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature,” which will feature 120 works in all, will be Hockney’s monumental Yorkshire landscapes, including his imposing work “The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011.”

Hockney began painting the characteristic countryside of his native region in the late 1990s as he made his way back there from Los Angeles.

Capturing the seasons and the changing nature of light and space, his works from that period show a clear link, says the Van Gogh Museum, with works by the Dutch master such as “The Harvest” (1888), “Field with Irises near Arles” (1888) and “The Garden of Saint Paul’s Hospital” (“Leaf-Fall”) (1889).

In a particularly strong example of the similarities across their works, the museum highlights the stylised vertical lines of the tree trunks in that latter work by Van Gogh, comparing them to the repetitive lines seen in Hockney’s “The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire” (2011).

Other highlights of the show will shed further light on Hockney’s Yorkshire period. Among them, pages of his sketchbooks are said to bear an unmistakable resemblance to Van Gogh’s drawing style.

Also on view will be 20 of the artist’s iPad drawings, which he began creating during his Yorkshire period.

The exhibition will also feature videos, watercolours, black-and-white drawings and prints, as well as a new portrait of the 81-year-old artist, created by photographer Rineke Dijkstra, especially for the exhibition.

“Hockney – Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature” will run from Mar 1 to May 26 at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.