David Hockney pool painting, estimated at $20 million, will go on sale at Christie’s.

Christie’s will feature David Hockney’s 1965 masterpiece California in its upcoming 20th and 21st century evening sale in London on March 7th. Estimated to fetch in the region of £16 million ($21 million), the painting is notable for being one of Hockney’s pioneering swimming pool works. It has not been seen by the public since its current owner acquired it more than 40 years ago in 1968.

“David Hockney’s pool paintings have become some of the most iconic and loved images of our time,” said Katharine Arnold, head of post-war and contemporary art in Europe. “California is an exceptional painting made shortly after Hockney’s first trip to Los Angeles in 1964, where he marveled at the brilliant light and mosaic-like cityscape populated by bright blue swimming pools.

“After a childhood brought up in the north of England and having studied in London, still reeling from the Second World War, California must have felt like Arcadia; a beautiful place to be free and enjoy being young. This sense of the artist’s optimism and jubilation is in the very fabric of Hockney’s California.”

In anticipation of the sale, California was unveiled in London on January 25th, initiating a tour that will include stops in Paris and New York before the painting returns to the auction house’s global headquarters in London for viewing from March 1st through 7th.

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