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Christopher Wood (British, 1901-1930) Villa D'Este red chalk 23 x 31cm (9 x 12in)
Provenance: The Redfern Gallery Ltd., 20 Cork Street, Burlington Gardens, London, W1; Major G D Wethered, January 1945; Captain A P Easter-Bruce, January 1945 (old labels refer) Other Notes: Christopher Wood travelled to Rome with Tony Ganderillas in the spring of 1923. The city captivated Wood and despite his fatigue and ill health, it evoked an enthusiastic response from the artist. In a letter to his mother, he described it as 'the mother of the world…someday I will live here'. The Villa d'Este shown here was 'indescribably beautiful - nothing has made me feel more or think more'. (quoted in 'Christopher Wood: An English Painter' by Richard Ingleby, pub. 1995 p. 74). This striking drawing from 1923 in red and white chalk captures the beauty of the Villa d'Este, but also translates the artist's enthusiasm for the beauty of the place. Indeed, following Picasso's advice, Wood later abandoned working in red chalk in favour of pencil, so this drawing is much more typical of his travel compositions from the early 1920's. The Villa d'Este surrounds magnificent gardens and was a masterpiece of Baroque style. Artists and architects as renowned as Galvani and Bernini worked on the villa and its gardens. During the 19th Century Franz Liszt was a frequent visitor to the villa and composed 'Gioche d'acqua a Villa d'Este' for piano there. During the 1920's the villa was restored and opened to the public, continuing to inspire artists like Christopher Wood. (notes from vendor)
Mounted in acid-free board 1993 by Sarah Spicer Conservation. Some undulation of the paper and a little dirt under the glass.