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This is one of a number of works showing men in showers painted around the time of Hockney's first visit to Los Angeles in 1963. After this visit athletic male bodies, often combined with water, became
a recurrent theme in his work. These paintings often derive from images in magazines. Hockney has said: 'For an artist the interest in showers is obvious: the whole body is always in view and
in movement, usually gracefully, as the bather is caressing his own body. There
is also a three hundred year old tradition of the bather as a subject in painting.'

September 2004