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David Hockney directing a model in the 1974 documentary, A Bigger Splash
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HOCKNEY AND MATISSE
by Charlie Finch



To get an idea of Henri Matisse's personality in the studio, examining the behavior of David Hockney might offer a clue. Hockney's obsession with physical culture magazines, depicting men in jockstraps with an emphasis on their posteriors, when he decamped to Los Angeles in the 1960s, led him to focus on the single nude model as not just the locus of his own desires but as a means of command and control in the studio.

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