"That’s the story of my life. It used to be you couldn’t be gay. Now you can be gay but you can’t smoke. There’s always something." -- David Hockney.
I'm fascinated by the differences in David Hockney's paintings of homes between the 1970s and the 80s. The 1970s were defined by spare detail, muted colors, and the following decade by a decidedly more rollicking vibrancy of color and form.
Artist David Hockney has always been very aware of the times he lived in, as evidenced in the recent retrospective at the New York Met. Compare his cool L.A. paintings of the 1970s to the cubist, more vibrant paintings of the 1980s. Each was a distinct product of its respective times.