#Germany! Where is this Painting Now?

Don Quichote and Sancho Panza 60x80cm

This is a faded Polaroid of a internationally collected artist Diego Voci (1920-85) painting titled: “Don Quichote and Sancho Panza” oil on canvas 60x80cm which was originally purchased about 1975 by Herr Schmalz.

The Diego Voci Project is seeking the whereabouts of Herr Schmalz and this painting.

Helga, widow of Diego, shared with us her memory “as far as I can remember Herr Schmalz was the director of the Canadian Officers Club in Baden Baden, Germany.”   

View additional examples of Don Quixotes painted by Diego Voci on #Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/don-quixote-diegovocitm/ 

#EASTER WISH COMES TRUE AT ST.PETERS BASILICA

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62 years ago, Messina Arcangela, the Matriarch of the Voci family was treated to her long awaited religious wish to visit Saint Peters Basilica in Rome.  Internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-85) is standing to the right of his mother Messina (the 3rd one in from the left).

Diego Voci’s family in Gasperina, Italy were devote Catholics, which shows up in Diego’s painting below titled “Procession“.

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Diego Voci “Procession” #93877 20 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ oil on canvas

Visit www.diegovociproject.com to view & learn more about internationally collected artist Diego Voci (1920-85)

IS THIS #JOSIANE?

George Roberts, a #Diego Collector shares his “Nude” #painting that resembles the look of Josiane, the first wife of Diego Voci.

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You can read a bit more on Antonio Diego Voci Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci#First_marriage

George Roberts, shares his story about how he acquired this Diego work of art:

“We have a “nude” painting by Diego that was purchased at the Patch Barracks Officers Club in Germany in the late 1960’s from an American female who told us that this was a painting of Diego’s first wife. We paid $250.00 for the painting which was a lot of money in those days. We did not meet Diego. The painting is oil on canvas and measures approx.31” x 21” in the original frame. There is no title on the back of the canvas however a number 1697-9.” (The number on the back of the canvas represents the timing of the painting was complete)

See here images of Josiane (taken in the 1960’s) to compare with the Diego painting owned by George Roberts.

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The last known address for Josiane was:

Josiane Bjelwuck (BJIELEVUK)

Rt. De Jussy

1249 Puplinge (or Paplinge),

Geneve Switzerland

For any findings, please contact the Diego Voci Project Team (an all volunteer group) at  diegovociproject@gmail.com or visit us at www.diegovociproject.com 

 

 

 

 

“#Paintings of #Soulful #Female #Faces”

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John and Kathryn Marchi share their soulful story about how they met #Diego and acquired their two Diego works of art.

Kathryn Marchi reached out to the Diego Voci #Facebook page from a post yesterday title

“I LIKE DIEGO’S WORK BECAUSE…” .  Stephen Max, Canadian Diego Voci Project Team member asked Diego Collectors in the most recent Christmas Diego Voci Newsletter, what they like about Diego’s work.  And the responses are coming in.  Please share yours! 

“We are very excited about your Diego project!   

 Our Diego painting has been a centerpiece in our homes and admired by guests for over 40 years.  We’ve loved telling the story about how we met Diego and our visit to his studio in the Taunus in 1976. 

 We were a military family, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany from 1975-1977.  At that time, Diego was exhibiting and selling his paintings in the Frankfurt Officers’ Club.  We met him there and admired his work.

 In March, 1976, we received an invitation to attend an open house at Diego and Helga’s studio/home in Taunusstein-Neuhof near Wiesbaden, Germany. We were greeted at the door by Helga, dressed in black slacks and a sheer off-white blouse- a truly stunning woman.  Upon arrival, each guest was given a number and were told that later on in the day, a drawing would be held for a special prize, not further identified.  The home was small, cozy and decorated like one would expect from an artist…and quite charming.  Paintings were displayed everywhere.  Shortly after this, I noticed that Diego was sitting on a stool before an easel at the rear of his home, where I suspected he did all of his sketches and painting.  I stood nearby and watched the sketch of a gypsy woman unfold.  He created the picture, using one color and shades thereof.  Once completed with his brush, he took a black magic marker and put in appropriate highlights.  To my recollection, this beautiful sketch was created in less than 5 minutes.  I was truly astounded.  You can guess how we came by our sketch!  Yes, our number was drawn and we were the thrilled recipients of the Gypsy Woman prize.  Diego continued at the easel throughout the day and numbers were drawn periodically for the various sketches.

 As we browsed throughout the studio, we were also told that Diego had begun to paint landscapes and there were many being displayed.  However, my wife and I preferred what we considered Diego’s trademark; paintings of soulful female faces.  “Venus in the Springtime” caught our eye and we purchased the painting that day.  Unfortunately we have forgotten the price we paid; however, the enjoyment of this painting has been priceless.”

John D. Marchi

LTC (ret) US Army

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#HORSE SERIES BY DIEGOVOCI

We begin with DIEGO’s #love of the #horse.

DIEGO was fascinated by the #strength and fluid lines of the horse. A frequent subject.

C41-2 Cavalliere #766 1970 27 12 x 19 34

“Cavalliere” 1970, 19 5/8″ x 28 5/8″ oil on wood, signed “Diego” Private #Collection

31. Horses Racing ca.1962  40 x 28in Private Collection

“Horses Racing” 40″ x 28″, oil on canvas; signed “A. Voci”, sister to “Horses Grazing”  Collector unknown

Horse w/ Man in Browns Mixed Medium 30" x 22 "

Horse w/ Man in Browns Mixed Medium 30″ x 22 ” Private Collection

Green Horse Drawing 27 12 x 19 12

“Green Horse” Drawing 27 ½” x 19 ½”, Pastel on Paper, signed “D. Voci”

Private #Collection

Do you know of any other Horse drawings and / or  Horse paintings by DiegoVoci ™?

Contact us at diegovociproject@gmail.com

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THE GENERAL #PATTON CONNECTION TO DIEGO VOCI the #ARTIST

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Cheveaux Arabs“1969 by Diego, Oil on Canvas 35″ x 22”

The #New Generation of DiegoVoci™ aficionados continues to build as the #DiegoVoci™ Archive received an image of painting by Diego from a half a century ago. What is the connection to General #Patton?

James, who lives in the U.K., is a proud #New Generation owner of “Cheveaux Arabs” (Arabian #Horses), a Diego painted in 1969. James Cockerill reveals its history:

“It was won at the German American Friendship Ball, chaired by George Smith Patton IV, [a Major General in the United States Army and] the son of famous World War II general, George S. Patton. My mother was working in Major General Patton’s office in the very early 70’s. 

At the ball it was the First Prize in a Raffle, which my mother won. It’s been owned by my family ever since. I remember it always hung in the lounge on the wall. We were living in Nuremberg (Nürnberg) which is where I was born.”

The back of the canvas reveals a mystery. Who blacked out the writing and why?  The top one appears to be the signature of “Jawdat” #Naffouj who had an exclusive contract with Diego at that time. It looks like the #painting went back to Diego for some reason – and either Diego or Jawdat was the obliterator. There are others like this. Do you own one?

Back for POST SMALLER 3 DEC 2015

 

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DiegoVoci™ 1967 COMMISSION FOR YOUNG LOVERS IN GERMANY PART I

The DiegoVoci™ Project (DVP™) is pleased to bring you yet another fantastic recollection by Diego Collectors John and Helen Barnhart who got to know DiegoVoci™ quite well.

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“Mother and Child” by DIEGO VOCI, Oil and Sand on Canvas,1968 32″x 24″

“MOTHER AND CHILD” and #WEDDINGS

In March of 1966, when Lt. John Barnhart got off the plane in Wiesbaden, Germany to take on his assignment in Bitburg for the Air Force, it was pouring drown rain. John says, “I thought I was at the end of the world.” That was soon to change. After he was checked in to the Bachelor Officers Quarters, John spotted another Bachelor Officers Quarters with women and asked a fellow officer, “What are all these females doing at an AFB?”  He was told most were teachers and fellow officers. John’s eyes lit up. He saw one of the young ladies not long after – her name was Helen Jamrog, a teacher. About 6 months later the couple married:

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Helen and John Barnhart, October 17, 1966 Bitburg, Germany

Now, almost 50 years later they are still happily married and are happily enjoying the oil paintings John and Helen commissioned directly from DiegoVoci™ himself.

In November 1967, on a Sunday at an art exhibit at the Bitburg Officers Club hosted by Diego, John went up and introduced Helen and himself. Diego asked, “Would you like something?” The couple put their heads together and replied “Yes, we want a painting of a Mother and Child.” Diego grabbed a pencil and quickly drew a sketch study using Helen’s face and long hair and asked “Like this?” Helen also wanted a large horizontal “Still Life” for which she was very specific, wanting “pears, vases, and our small coffee grinder” they had purchased in Europe. Diego said, “I can do something for you” and sketched a study for the still life right there. All in agreement Diego insisted that the commission would not be “through the club it is only between us.

In February of 1968 Diego sent them a note to come and visit to see the progress on their 2 oil paintings. It was not common for Diego to have the client’s input, but due to the Barnhart’s specific requests, he made an exception. A friendship ensued. It was in the VOCI Wiesbaden home that John and Helen first met Helga. Diego and Helga had just married in January of ’68 (See:  http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page2.html#43810.)

Diego, seeing Helen’s small VW they had arrived in was worried that the paintings would not fit. But, on a future visit in March of 1968 to pick up their finished Diego paintings Barnhart’s arrived in a John’s new dark blue Mercedes 250 SE. Size would not be an issue for the transport of their Diegos. Wine and cheese were a tradition when guests visited the Voci home. A comfortable atmosphere for all. Diego soon revealed the paintings in progress to John and Helen.

When Helen noticed that the “Still life” “did not have the pears where she wanted them and. . .  WHOA.

Dear Reader, the “Still Life” story is told in Part II following this Part I

One thing John had noticed during their many visits was how much Diego smoked and asked him, “Do you worry about how the smoke effects the condition of the art?” Diego replied “No. Not certain if I like art or smoking better.” John purchased five cartons of cigarettes and gave them to Diego as a gift. Little could they know Diego’s life would be cut short from cigarettes. See DiegoVoci™ BIOGRAPHY:                 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci

And, John’s new Mercedes intrigued Diego. Diego liked grandeur and asked John to take him for a ride. John agreed but said, “Please, no smoking in my new car”. Diego simply said, “Yes.” After Diego’s ride in the classy new Mercedes, John and Helen drove back to their home in Ehrang, Germany and have proudly displayed their DIEGO oil paintings since.

John retired from the AF as a Colonel and Abbott Labs as Senior Manager, and Helen from her teaching. Their DiegoVoci™ paintings had been with them for nearly 50 years in Ohio, Maryland, California and Florida. John says, “All along we have loved them.” The Barnharts became avid collectors of art to include Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Alan Gough and many antiques they bought in Belgium.

NOW THEY ARE DOWNSIZING – SEE PART II

See available DiegoVoci™ art to acquire at www.diegovociproject.com

#DIEGOVOCI MASTERWORK A FAMILY AFFAIR

Feast your eyes upon execution of an exquisite true masterwork by internationally collected figurative artist Diego Voci (1920-1985).

The excellence of skill and dimension would have you believe you are wearing 3D glasses. This treasure is the latest addition to the Fairchild Family Art Collection.

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harlequin au bonnet rouge31 x 23 inches  (#Harlequin with red cap”)

To see more on “Next Generation” Brad Fairchild’s latest #gold treasures:

https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/the-sleuths-who-know-find-gold/

To see Brad’s mother Cheryl’s #treasured find and story see:

https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/potential-diegovoci-model-kicking-herself/

See Brad’s version of #Woman In Gold:

https://diegovociproject.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/new-generation-discovering-diegovoci-gold-part-one/

Brad wrote recently,

“I’m so happy with these paintings – every morning when I walk downstairs, I’m thrilled all over again…”

                      Send us your DIEGO finds, we’ll be featuring more #treasures soon!

www.diegovociproject.com

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AC P of W #280 7/28/2015