What becomes a legend most?
The critic Velma Pugsley has written:
Ralph Della-Volpe's work has been so sound, so essentially representative of honest, sensitive fine painting that when combined with his intellectual qualities as an artist, one could be content.
Abby M. Taylor Fine Art is pleased to present Color and Rhythm Part II: Paintings by Ralph Della Volpe from October 15th - November 15th. These bright and airy colorist works feature outdoor scenes of the beach, harbor, and river. Trained at the famed National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York City Ralph Della-Volpe was born in 1923. He has taught drawing and painting at Bennett College in Millbrook, New York and was appointed Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts there in 1958. He has participated in exhibitions at such notable institutions as the Brooklyn Museum, Butler Art Institute, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Seattle Art Museum, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum. His work is represented in numerous important public and private collections. He has received awards from the Library of Congress, Wichita Art Association, Art Students League, Washington Watercolor Club as well as the Berkshire Museum. Della-Volpe is a frequent lecturer on art and a valued juror for art competitions. An admirer of Picasso "for his courage to pursue new daring ideas" and Albert Pinkham Ryder "for his insistence on pushing a painting as far as you can" Ralph Della-Volpe explains in his own words his deeply personal approach to painting:
All my paintings are started with observations from nature. The paintings are meant to be expressions of a mood that I feel at the time of that observation and are not meant to be literal detailed descriptions of nature. The emphasis is on color, light, and especially composition; for it is the composition that makes the expression in a work of art, not the subject matter.
Come and experience firsthand this new group of works from a great colorist who has become a legend over the course of a career spanning nearly 70 years.
Exhibition to be held at Abby M. Taylor Fine Art, 43 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.