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Hockney's largest painting pulls the crowds in York
Bigger Trees Near Warter, 2007. Copyright: David Hockney. Photography by Richard Schmidt. Collection of Tate, London
Nearly 19,000 people have been to view the picture in just a week

An exhibition featuring David Hockney's largest work has seen visitor records broken at York Art Gallery.

The work, Bigger Trees near Warter, has never been exhibited outside London and went on show at York Art Gallery on February 12.

19,000 people visited the gallery during the first week of the show. A rise of 164% on last year's figures.

The exhibition runs until June and the painting will then go on show in Hull and Bradford.

Staff at the gallery say it is their most successful week since the foundation of the York Museums Trust, who run the art gallery, in 2002.

The trust's chief executive, Janet Barnes, said:

"The response to this painting has been outstanding and we are thrilled to see that it has caught the imagination of so many people. It is a truly incredible piece of art and we are very proud that we are the first place outside of London that it has been shown."

Since opening on Saturday February 12 the gallery has seen 18,274 visitors come through the doors, with more than one thousand every day. The first Saturday saw 3,271 people visit, with 2,118 on the Sunday.

Art in Yorkshire

The work is being displayed in York as part of Art in Yorkshire, a year long celebration of the visual arts in 19 galleries throughout Yorkshire.

The project is sponsored by the Tate with work from their collections being displayed at galleries across the region.

Bigger Trees near Warter is the largest painting ever created by Hockney. It measures 12m by 4.5m, and is made up of 50 smaller canvasses. It depicts a scene of a landscape near the East Yorkshire village of Warter.

Hockney's painting was originally exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, before the artist presented it to Tate.

The painting remains in York until June and will then go on show in Hull and Bradford.




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