Author Catherine Cusset, shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary award, discusses her new book, Life of David Hockney. Through a variety of sources including her personal meeting with the artist, Cusset pieces together the puzzle of the revered artist’s life and the enthralling stories that drove the creation of his legendary works. The book sheds light on the unbreakable spirit at the core of the legend, who as a homosexual artist in a world where long-standing barriers had yet to be broken down, famously upended the norms of the art world. Cusset offers a fresh vision of a groundbreaking artist whose art is as accessible as it is compelling and whose passion to create is never deterred by heartbreak, illness, or loss.
Books will be for sale and the event will conclude with a book signing.
Presented with the Alliance Française de Chicago.
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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Advocate
“Catherine Cusset’s book caught a lot of me. I could recognize myself.” —David Hockney
With clear, vivid prose, this meticulously researched novel draws an intimate, moving portrait of the most famous living English painter.