“PLAYING CHILDREN” by Diego Voci #4812-149, Oil on canvas 60x80cm
“Playing Children” arrived from Germany, spring of 1981, in a shipment of several Diego Voci paintings for consignment with Stephen Max in Canada. Diego Voci was exclusively represented by Stephen Max in Canada. He was the gateway to Diego Voci’s limelight in Canada. “Playing Children” was shipped for a major showing thru Van Zoolingen Gallery in Edmonton. This particular painting was sold for $1250 within weeks of its arrival in Canada.
Diego, childlike, most of his life, enjoyed the sense of play in all that he did day to day. His daughter Alessandra was 7 years old when this artwork was done in “Playing Children”, Diego captures the spirit of emotions from the inspiration he pulled from where ever he was. Note the hula hoop.
The Provenance is the source of credibility to the life of a painting. The White Horse by Diego Voci began with Diego himself and then was placed into the hands of Naffouj Gallery in Germany, Diego’s representation at the time during the 1960’s (often identified by the wood wedges which Diego used during the Naffouj time period). The White Horse traveled back to Diego’s hands in the 1970’s (as it was placed in a frame that Diego’s wife, Helga Voci, made for the piece). The painting in 1973 was in an exhibition in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the famous Broadmoor Resort sponsored and hosted by Dr. Ogden Brown Family. After the exhibition, The White Horse traveled back to Diego’s hands in Germany then flew to Edmonton, Canada in 1981. Stephen Max acquired the painting as Diego’s representor for Canadian collectors in his Gold Crest gallery. The White Horse was purchased by art collectors Giselle and George Dean of Edmonton, AB, Canada.. where it has been ever since..
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