Painting Positano, Italy
Originally a successful town and maritime powerhouse under the banner of the Amalfi Republic, however, by the beginning of the 19th century Positano was a poor fishing village. Its fortunes changed when articles in Harpers Bazaar by John Steinbeck in the 1950’s paved the way for its revival. The rich and the shameless flocked there in the 1960’s and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are said to have penned “Midnight Rambler” whilst on holiday there.
A popular location in films and books, it features in “Only You” (1994), ”Under a Tuscan Sun” (2003) and mentioned in “Nine” (2009). Romantic novel “Finding Positano” and the fictional Mongibello in Patricia Highsmith’s book “The Talented Mr Ripley” is said to have been based on the town.
The town itself is a multicoloured hillside of Italian villas full of arches, terraces and shuttered windows. The most outstanding feature is the bright, majolica tiled church of Santa Maria Assunta and its distinctive bell tower alongside.
The painting shows the tempestuous nature of the sea along the Amafi Coast, and coloured shades of green and turquoise to echo the foothills of the other paintings in the series. The luminous coloured church is matched by the vivid shades and complex arrangement of the simplistic houses that pack the hillside. The painting is a watercolour and ink picture, 16cm x 36cm on heavy cartridge paper.
More by this Author
One of the most accomplished artists of her age, heavily influenced by Caravaggio and a great exponent of the early Baroque style. Artemisia Gentileschi was born in 1593 in Rome, the daughter of the artist Orazio...
Over the millennia humans have been producing some marvellous land art. Strange marks in the landscape that leave us with both clues and mysteries as to the way they thought, worshipped and celebrated. Since the...
So how to decide what are the top ten fine art posters? You could base it on price paid for a particular piece of fine artwork, but that is only an indication of one person’s disposable income and not really a...