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David Hockney, ‘Remember that you cannot look at the sun or death for very long’, 2021

‘We stayed at Honfleur for four nights, and then we went on to Bagnoles-de-l’Orne further south. On the way there, I said to Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima, ‘Maybe I could do the arrival of spring here, in Normandy.’ I could see that there’s a lot more blossom there. So I suggested that perhaps we should rent a house or something. The next day, he rang some estate agents. We were on our way to Paris, when he said that we could see a house en route. It was the only one we looked at. It was called La Grande Cour. When we came in and saw the higgledy-piggledy building and that it had a tree house in the ground, I said, ‘Yes, OK — let’s buy it!’. Then a moment later, I had some doubts. I thought, ‘But will it be cold? Hmmm, this house might be quite cold.’ But Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima said, ‘I’ll make sure it’s warm!’ - David Hockney

- Spring Cannot Be Cancelled, David Hockney in Normandy, by Martin Gayford, Thames & Hudson, 2021