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Title

The studio stairs, Firenze


Artist

Donald Friend

Australia

06 Feb 1915 - 16 Aug 1989


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Florence Tuscany Italy


Date

1949


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

ink and wash on ivory laid paper on hardboard


Dimensions

47.5 x 30.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pen and ink "...'49/ Donald Friend.".


Credit

Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

284.2013


Artist information

Donald Friend

Works in the collection

57


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 64. cat.no. 42