Charles Cundall (1890-1971):
Dusk, Anticoli Corrado, 1921
Framed (ref: 44)
Oil on canvas
Provenance: the artist's wife, Jaqueline Pieterson
Exhibited: - A Working Method,Young Gallery Salisbury, March- April 2016, Sotheran's, April-May 2016.
Literature: Charles Cundall - A Working Method, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, February 2016.
Knights' first impression of Anticoli conjures up a similar image to Cundall's painting: 'Anticoli is a glorious place and a little terrifying, so wild and rugged with huge volcanic mountains all round. I have never imagined a more beautiful place. It hardly seems real. We saw Anticoli just springing up out of the precipice like a bundle of toadstools, all grey houses with green moss covered roofs' (letter to her mother, XIII, Jan 22 1921).
Cundall's remarkable dusk-time view is painted from the area below the village where artists rented their studios - Knights described her studio as 'a joint affair, Nixon, Cundall's (a college man), Miss Southby's and mine is overhung in one place by a gigantic rock which hangs by a hair.' The house of Rosa Ceccarelli, where Knights lodged, with its distinctive loggia, is clearly visible in the centre of the composition.
We are grateful to Alistair Hicks for his assistance.