How images of nature bring us joy

Hope is certainly what Edith Devaney, curator of the Royal Academy’s show, needed in 2020 when she was forced to tear apart the institution’s exhibition programme not once, but three times, as the country went into repeated lockdowns. Hockney was in Normandy in France at the time, having always intended to capture the coming of spring there, and began sending through completed works to a select group, of which Devaney considers herself lucky to be one. “I have to say being a recipient of one of those images kept us going,” she says. “They’re visually delightful and they changed your mood, that’s a really interesting thing, the extent to which they are actually mood-enhancing.” >>>

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