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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke. Dimensions: H 31 in. x W 37 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci. Dimensions: H 31 in. x W 37 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 31 in. x W 37 in.
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Ada Wolpe
Swiss Mountain Landscape by Ada Wolpe 1960

1960

$1,500

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Bold mountain landscape by Ada Wolpe (South African, 1921-2004). Angular, bold shapes created a vivid landscape of the Swiss Alps, inspired by Wolpe's move to Switzerland. In the foreground, tan and pink rocks are rendered with loving detail, contrasting nicely against darker formations in the midground and background. Image, 24"H x 30"W Frame, 31"H x 37"W x 2"D Ada Wolpe (South African, 1921-2004) studied art in South Africa and London, held a number of exhibitions in Zurich, and her early illustrations of Romeo and Juliet for the book written by famous Swiss writer Gottfried Keller were published, but for the most part she drew and painted in relative obscurity. Sister of the famous South African sculptor Lippy Lipshitz, Ada was born in South Africa, and moved to London before settling in Switzerland in the 1960's. Over an extended period in the 60's and 70's Ada and her husband - holocaust survivor Leiser Wolpe - slowly built a retreat and studio in the Italian-speaking Ticino district - a retreat that became her haven from the bustle of Zurich, where they lived in a five-floor walkup. The stunning views of Lake Maggiore and the mountain light, combined with the rustic retreat, provided space and inspiration away from the more mundane activities of earning a living by teaching English and selling collectibles at the city flea market. Ada's life revolved around drawing, painting, and expressing her thoughts and ideas. She kept letters she wrote, letters she received, drawings on small pads, larger folios, sketches of people, more people, faces, each a world unto itself. “It is astonishing that in the late 20th Century an artist of this caliber could remain virtually anonymous” says Colin Davis, a relative of her late husband. “Her drawings are amazingly vibrant and connect deeply with people. Plus, the sheer quantity of her work is astonishing.” The studio in Ticino has been sold and the new owners named it Casa Dell Artista and turned it into a bed and breakfast. Some of her works are still displayed on the walls. Tucked in a corner of the room where her works are currently housed, lie a number of so-called 'holocaust paintings', works she executed based on the experiences of Leiser, who survived Dachau while still a teenager. Leiser and Ada lived together for over 40 years until Ada passed away in 2004. Ada left behind a substantial amount of work - hundreds of drawings and letters, and hundreds more paintings, on paper, canvas, and some on board. Tucked amongst the letters is one from famous South African artist Gerard Sekoto when he was in exile in Paris. Education: Michaelis School of Art, Cape Town London University College Central School of Art Solo Exhibitions: Solo shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town Kantonales Gebäude 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 Kunstgesellschaft Davos 1965 Kirchgemeinde Enge, Anlass1 Gottried Keller Jahr 130 Gemälde

Details

  • Creator
    Ada Wolpe (1921 - 2004, South African)
  • Creation Year
    1960
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Width: 37 in. (93.98 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Painting has been professionally cleaned and treated with UV-resistant varnish and is in excellent condition. Frame is rustic. Linen fillet on frame is starting to peel at the corner seams.
  • Gallery Location
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DBH79041stDibs: LU54210358162

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