“Hollywood is here because of the strong light. I noticed that in early Laurel and Hardy movies—especially the one where they’re selling Christmas trees and they’ve got overcoats on—they had very, very strong shadows on the pavement. I knew even when I saw this when I was eight years old, that you don’t get that in Bradford [the British city of the artist’s birth]. You don’t get much sun in Bradford. I knew California was a sunny place with good light. And it is. It’s ten times brighter than in England.” —David Hockney
Pictured: A still from the 1929 silent Laurel and Hardy comedy Big Business.