David Hockney, 'A Bigger Splash' 1967
David Hockney
A Bigger Splash 1967
Acrylic on canvas
support: 2425 x 2439 x 30 mm
Purchased 1981© David Hockney 2010

A chair and palm trees sunbathe in the dry, motionless heat. They look out across the azure blue scene, knowing the identity of who or what has just plunged into this Californian swimming pool. For us, the diver remains anonymous.

Of the painting, Hockney stated:

When you photograph a splash, you’re freezing a moment and it becomes something else. I realise that a splash could never be seen this way in real life, it happens too quickly. And I was amused by this, so I painted it in a very, very slow way.

The painting is on display in the exhibition A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance at Tate Modern until 1 April 2013.


Lovely exhibition and so glad i saw this as i am a big fan of Hockney's and remember visiting both exhibitions at Tate Britain and National Portrait Gallery.

More of a highlight of the exhibition being this picture.