#BTS “DONNA CON BAMBINO” BY DIEGO VOCI (1920-1985)

Diego Voci; Donna con Bambino Tempera on Copper 80x60cm D-5735

From the collectors of this Diego Voci work of art, Don and Becky Fry share their history with Diego and Helga Voci;

“We have very fond memories of meeting Diego and Helga. Our first, “Donna con Bambino” was purchased at the Patch Barracks Offier Club during a baazar which we always frequented. In the 1970’s there wasn’t much to do for a young family. We were in our mid 20s. We did meet Diego and Helga. After his (Diego’s) death we traveled to his home and met with Helga. We also met Christine Khan (one of Diego’s Representatives and a dear friend to Helga) several times. We returned to Germany in 1984 and immediately wanted to purchase Diego’s work. We took a family trip from Kitzingen to Wiesbaden AB purchased a couple of Diegos. After 1985 we purchased a couple others. I acquired the Poster from the Education Center at Larson Barracks where I was stationed.”

From the Diego Voci Project, we thank, Don and Becky Fry for sharing their memories of Diego Voci. Their words only highlight what most Diego Voci collectors share in common is the the potato chip phenomenon (once you buy one Diego you end up purchasing more).

“Oh By Gosh By Golly, their name is really “JOLLY”….

In February of 1972, Jack Jolly and his wife Gwen were living in #Wiesbaden, Germany. They’d been there since 1968. While in Wiesbaden, Jack and his wife went to what was then called the General #VonSteuben Hotel, where Diego Voci was hosting an art exhibition with the assistance of Christine Khan. Shown here is the #DIEGO that Jack and Gwen still own today:

“Two Girls with Pottery”, 32″x26″, oil on canvas.

An interesting point about the Von Steuben Hotel – it was visited by John F. #Kennedy on June 26, 1963, just before #JFK‘s trip to #Berlin to give his famous historical “Ich Bin ein Berliner” speech. The story goes that Kennedy even received a DIEGO painting as a gift that night signed “Voci. Read more:  http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-voci-antonio-diego-voci-3984818/Page11.html#66975

Jack and Gwen bought the above featured “Two girls with pottery” #639, 32” x 26” oil on canvas, from Diego and Christine. Like many other young families wanting to own at least one of the master’s artworks, Diego offered “Lay-Away” or as Jack writes, “I was 30 years old, had no money, so we purchased it on a time basis. We paid $350 for it and have enjoyed it for over 40 yrs. Amazing!”Jolly JACK and GWEN Receipt 1972 C. Khan FOR POST 26 AUG 2015

Currently Jack and his wife Gwen live in New Orleans to be near Gwen’s family. Jack states, “I’ve been retired for almost 3 yrs. Life is good.” 

Shown  here is Gwen back in the day, where you can barely see the “Two Girls with Pottery” above her head, but you’ll no doubt recognize the 70’s furniture colors!

Gwen on the orange couch with a Diego Overhead FB 1 April 2015

Last, check out Stephen Max’ latest video featuring “#BEAUTIFUL FACES” by Diego, to include the DIEGO featured here owned by Jack and Gwen Jolly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dECP7O3ftUo

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