THE #JOURNEY OF "L'ARLEQUIN TRISTE" BY #DIEGO UNFOLDED

Diego Voci; “L’Arlequin Triste” oil on canvas #5812-174

This painting L’Arlequin Triste by internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (VOH-chee 1920-1985) was wrapped in packaging for 40 years (owned by the original owner of Talbert’s Kleine Galeria in Tacoma, WA.).

Days ago… this painting L’Arlequin Triste arrived to its new owner, packing material removed and looks as if DIEGO had just finished painting this piece.

From the archives of Helga Voci, she shares her words her travels with Diego during the 1980’s to the United States. “On that trip in 1980 we went to N.Y. and Philadelphia where Diego has family still today. We also went to Tacoma, Washington, where Diego had an exhibit in a gallery called – Talbert`s Kleine Galerie in Gig Harbor, WA. Then on to San Francisco, New Orleans, Albuquerque. And again we drove to Colorado Springs. Along the way, we visited with many American friends we had met in Germany. At several places, we had private shows. We both liked the United States very much.” https://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page2.html#44298

To view additional paintings by Diego Voci in a similar style:

JUMP ON BOARD THE #DIEGOVOCI™ TIME MACHINE……1981

#StephenMax, #DiegoVoci™  #Canadian Representative, staged an exhibition of #DiegoVoci™ works of art at the Griesbach Officers Club in #Edmonton.  A #newspaper article captured the exhibition “#PICASSO MEETS #ELGRECO?”.   After the exhibition, many conversations between Diego and Stephen Max took place and the concept of promoting Diego’s works in #Canada was formed.

The agreement came together to consign DiegoVoci™ works of art while preparations of the launch of #GoldCrest Galleries LTD was established.

Stephen Max arranged more exhibits, in Helga’s words…

“Diego and I attended exhibitions of DiegoVoci™ works of art in Canada, 1981. One was the Goldcrest Galleries Ltd., in Columbus Center Toronto. The other was the Van Zoolingen Galleries in Edmonton.”

See the image of Stephen Max below along with one of #DiegoVoci™ #gallery displays in Canada.

Stephen Max and one of Diego's Galleries

Courtesy of Diego Voci Project Team: www.diegovociproject.com

To read more of the Helga and Diego Historical Chapters: http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818.html#43747

 

#PORTRAITS? “THAT IS NOT #ART,” Diego Voci, 1974

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Diego felt his creativity was confined in portraits. #DiegoVoci deeply resisted the restriction. What about caricatures? Diego said,“They are fun. I can be creative.”

John, age 9 and Mitch, age 5 1/2 (1976) by #Diego

In 1976 Frank Freeman somehow convinced Diego to do portraits of his two sons John and Mitch. Frank and his wife had met – and seen Diego several times while living  in #Wiesbaden, Germany. They had even bought a “Landscape” from Diego in Schwetzingen (#Heidelberg area in 1974). See the Freeman’s and other #landscapes on our Pinterest “Landscape” board: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/landscape-gallery/

One day Frank visited “Galerie #Dahms” in Wiesbaden’s fancy Wilhelmsstrasse shopping district and saw a portrait of a young girl. Frank named her “Principessa” as it was unknown who she really was. Diego had  used “pastel and felt-tip on posterboard” to capture the young girl. “It was a commission, that was refused by the ‘buyer’ stating ‘It doesn’t look like my daughter’!”

Having not forgotten the exquisite portrait, for Frank it was “the inspiration for asking Diego to do my boys – over his protestations!” Just months before Frank and his family were due to return to the United States he commissioned Diego do portraits of his sons, John and Mitch, then 9 and 5 ½.

John, age 9 and Mitch, age 5 1/2 (1976) by #Diego

On a Sunday afternoon in mid-July 1976, I took the boys to his Wiesbaden home (Taunusstein), where Diego spent about 15-20 minutes capturing each boy’s likeness.” Frank recalls, “when I got home, I began to see the “Principessa’s” father’s viewpoint . . . the portraits weren’t really as the boys looked.” But “3 years later, comparing the boys to their portraits, they were EXACT likenesses!!! Diego had envisioned the boys as they would look a few years later. THEY matched what he had drawn!! Prescient!!”

A few days before leaving Germany Frank recalls to his surprise, “I got a call from Siegfried DAHMS, owner of the gallery, who informed me that DIEGO had instructed that I be given the portrait of “Principessa” in appreciation for our patronage.” Frank owns it.

“Principessa” Unknown Subject, “Who am I?” Diego drew me in 1974.

To this day, it is a mystery as to who the young girl may be. Frank hopes that someone out there may see this post! Do you know who she is?

Another rare portrait done in charcoal and pastels by #Diego of Mike Kennedy’s mother in the early 60’s can be seen: https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/mothers-portrait-by-diego-and-new-generation/

Do you own a portrait by Antonio #DiegoVoci? Tell us: diegovociproject@gmail.com

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AN ENERGIZING DISCOVERY

Great work Stephen Max, Diego Voci Project volunteer, with the creation of the “$30K Reward” video https://youtu.be/T3ODYMxxBdc.  We posted your video Thursday on Facebook.  Look at what we uncovered as a result from out of nowhere!

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Tom Frinta: 22 May at 1:31am

Diego and I were close friends in the seventies. One day in summer 1980 he asked me whether I could help him salvage a huge collection of oil paintings that he had loaned to gallery in Antwerp, Belgium. The Gallery had gone bust and the paintings were stored in the interim in a grand chalet on a huge estate South of Namur, Belgium. The owners refused to communicate with him. – So I suggested that I would drive him in my Mercedes very early on a Sunday morning when everyone was home and still asleep in the castle. We found the place and at 6am we knocked at the front door awakening the custodian. Luckily for us only the custodian was present so we avoided any big discussions and we managed to salvage all of his 30 or so oil paintings bringing them safely back to his home. – Diego will smile when he reads these lines in heaven 🙂

 If one stolen painting is carrying a US$30,000 reward, I wonder how precious my car must have been when I returned to Frankfurt that day.

We learned for the first time that Diego was represented in a Gallery in Antwerp and in a country Belgium not on his resume.  We’ve reached out to the widow of Diego Voci, Helga Voci to see if she recalls the name of the gallery in Antwerp.

Isn’t this exciting not only from extending Diego’s historical provenance but also adds credibility to the value of Facebook and other social media sites. 

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