Diego Voci; “Clown” with Frame 38″x 22″ oil on canvas
Gerald Basinger shares;
“I only recently was aware of your DIEGO VOCI project and would like to contribute my experience.
I was stationed with US Army 16th Aviation Bn. in Nellingen W. Germany from 1968-1970 and became acquainted with Diego at the Officers Club at Patch Barracks where he had one of his art exhibitions. Although he did not have a Clown painting there, I had seen his work with that subject elsewhere. Since I was making a driving trip vacation to Paris from my military accommodation near Stuttgart and he was living close to the route I would be driving I contracted for him to paint a CLOWN (Oil on canvas). I do not recall the specific name of his location where he was living.
Anyway, the experience of going to his place, in the summer of 1970, and watching him start from a blank canvas and over a 2 hour time period to see his amazing, actually incredible, speed and skill with the brush was something I will never forget. I am not kidding that at least 4 or 5 different times he could have said I am done and I would have been just thrilled with what I saw. But he would say “I want to work on this a bit” and a new and different clown would appear. Be it a hair change, a different necktie, a change in the eyes, or mouth. What a genius. Because I returned to the USA in October 1970 I had no other contact with Diego.
However, I have had numerable favorable comments over the years with that piece of art in my homes. With regards”
Diego Voci; The Trial 38″x30″ Framed, oil painting Private Collection
We (The Diego Voci Project Team) just learned that James Thomson, Diego Voci Collector, acquired “The Trial” by internationally collected artist, Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985) from an online Goodwill auction.
“I purchased another oil painting by Diego. The canvas measures (31 X 23 inches), framed (38 X 30 inches). On the back is Diego printed and below that in English, the title ” The Trial ” which I assume is the trial of the Apostle’s Peter and John with them in the painting stands the cripple that they cured who stood up with Peter and John to defend the Apostles before the threatening Jewish Council. The Council asked them “By what power or in whose name did you do this?””
This painting title “The Trial” was during the time the DIEGO signature began on his works (ca. 1966). Diego began an exclusive contract to NAFFOUJ Gallery. The frame is the style commonly used by Naffouj for DIEGO as well as other artists. The biography on the back was written by Joy Gibson before she married Jawdat Naffouj. Joy now resides in Canada. Our estimation is the work is around 1966. The historical interpretation certainly to fits what James Thomson wrote.
On October 30, 1976 in Wiesbaden, Germany, a WilliamBurdümy purchased this Diego Voci (1920-85) painting titled “Haystacks“. This painting was painted in Diego’s home studio where Helga Voci, widow of Diego Voci, still lives today.
“Haystack” examples were a fascination by other masters; #Monet, #Pissaro and #Cezanne.
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