David Hockney’s ‘A Neat Lawn’: Local Apartment Captured in an Iconic Image

British artist David Hockney painted A Neat Lawn in 1967 shortly after moving to Los Angeles with boyfriend Peter Schlesinger. They were slumming nearby just off Pico Boulevard. It was “the worst place we lived in,” Hockney has said. Yet this period in the late 1960s was among Hockney’s most productive. Among his greatest works was this one that flattened the Southern California domestic landscape (and lifestyle) into an amalgam of colored bands. Hockney didn’t need to look far for his inspiration, though, as the pictured property, 1033 South Bedford, is only blocks from Pico. What can we take-away from A Neat Lawn?

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