(Australia 06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989)
47.5 x 30.5 cm sheet
In October 1948 Donald Friend and painter Peter Kaiser (a fellow resident of the artistic Woollahra boarding house Merioola, where Friend had lived since January 1946) booked a passage to Italy, departing Sydney on the Toscana on 25 March 1949, and arriving in Portofino on 11 May.
In June they moved to Florence and found a studio at Via Jacopo di Diacceto 6, belonging to a young African American artist from Michigan, Aberdeen Goodwin. Friend stayed here, until moving to London in October. The subject of this drawing is the vertigo-inducing spiral staircase found at the studio.
Friend remained friends with Aberdeen, returning to Florence for a second time in 1952; he again stayed with Aberdeen, this time in another room, the old studio having been let.
Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 64. cat.no. 42
Donald Friend (1975), Holdsworth Galleries, Australia, 18 Mar 1975–26 Apr 1975
Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989:
Deutscher and Hackett: works from the Donald Friend collection including Bali and Southeast Asia, Deutscher and Hackett, Sydney, Sydney, 27 Oct 2013 -