Artists on art: David Hockney
As an exhibition of masterpieces that once belonged to painters opens at the National Gallery, we ask artists to name a work that has particularly moved, influenced, fascinated or inspired them.
The Annunciation, by Fra Angelico, 1425-28
Fra Angelico, for me, is a fantastic artist. There was a reproduction of his Annunciation in the top corridor at Bradford Grammar School, so when I was 11 years old I was looking at it and I’ve always loved it. In Florence, they queue up for the Uffizi, but no one queues for the Convent of San Marco, where the Fra Angelico frescoes are just as good as anything in the Uffizi.
David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life is at the Royal Academy, 2 July – 2 October; David Hockney – I draw, I do, is at The MAC, Belfast, 19 August – 16 October
Painters' Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck is at the National Gallery, 23 June – 4 September.
To read more on artists’ accounts of works that influenced or inspired them, see ‘The Power of Paintings’ in the summer 2016 issue of Art Quarterly. To receive the magazine, buy a National Art Pass and become a member.