“After dinner at Dickie Buckle’s, David talked of the coming of the Golden Age. He had read many philosophers and has thought a great deal. In the next 40 years all will change. The computer will do away with work; everyone will be an artist“.Cecil Beaton from Cecil Beaton’s Diary, 1963-74 The Parting Years.
Dickie Buckle is Sir Richard Sandford Buckle (1916 – 2001), a well-known ballet critic. He founded Ballet magazine in 1939. David is David Hockney, painter-draftsman-printmaker-stage designer-photographer. A most important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, he is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
On occasion, I like to pluck my copy of one of the volumes of Cecil Beaton’s Diary and open to a random page. Today, I discovered that in 1969, Hockney was asked by Vogue to do a drawing of Beaton; Hockney went to stay with Beaton for three days at Reddish Manor, in the village of Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, England, an early 18th-century manor house.
Also, from that diary entry, of Hockney Beaton writes:
“It is always fascinating to see someone as remote as oneself working in the same field. I was intrigued to see him admiring things that I like from a completely different point of view. We could not be farther apart as human beings and yet I find myself completely at ease with him and stimulated by his enthusiasm. For he has this golden quality of being able to enjoy life.
He is never blasé, never takes anything for granted. Life is a delightful wonderland for him; much of the time he is wreathed in smiles. He laughs aloud at television and radio. He is the best possible audience, though by no means simple. He is sophisticated in that he has complete purity. There is nothing pretentious about him; he never says anything he does not mean. In the world of art intrigue he is a complete natural.”