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Verona

VERONA

Accession ID:

1961.14

Name:

Verona

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Will Ashton

Date:

undated

Description

This painting by Will Ashton depicts the city of Verona in Northern Italy. The artist toured Europe often, painting cities and landscapes. In response to a 1925 ‘Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Will Ashton painted on his recent tour in Europe’, Lionel Lindsay suggested that the paintings revealed ‘a fresh interest in patterns, colour notation, cubic weight, and a more direct handling’, all of which contributed to a mastery of ‘Design’. This is evident in this painting, where the artist has chosen a viewpoint on the bank of the river Adige, looking across to the cluster of closely packed buildings grouped along the opposite bank. Above is a hilltop dotted with dark cypress pines and topped by a monumental building. But the artist has not abandoned his interest in Impressionism, especially the art of Monet. Ashton’s decorative, impressionistic style is evident in the bluish purple shadows, muted tones, and especially in the dabs of broken colour that evoke reflections in the river. In a 1961 book, The Life and Work of Artist Sir William Ashton (p.37), the artist argued: ‘Water scenes are the most difficult to paint … Water is alive, and I dislike static things. Bridges, barges, rivers, the sea, peopled streets, are my favourite subjects, and it is said that we paint best the things we love most.’


History

Burdekin Bequest, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Bequest of Mr Norman Weekes Burdekin and Mrs Margaretta Emilie Burdekin. Signature: L.R.C. - Will Ashton. L.L.C. - VERONA.


Associated Subjects