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Largo (1953)

  • Size: Approximately 24” x 20”.
  • Medium: Artist Quality Oil Paints.
  • Name: “Largo”.
  • Period: 1953.
  • Artist: Albert Reiss.
  • Country of Origin: France.
  • Signed: Signed by the artist.
  • Location: London.

Hampstead Fine Arts proudly presents “Largo”, an oil painting made by Albert Reiss, a French visual artist who was born in 1909 and died in 1989. This piece was painted in 1953, and is a surreal, almost dizzying image of classical harps rising organically from what appears to be a canyon or deep rift in the ground. The piece is evocative, gradually brightening in imagery as the observer’s eye travels further up this strange amalgamation of the classical musical instruments, lending the sense of hope or optimism to what began as a dark, murky atmosphere at the bottom of the “canyon”.
The title, “Largo”, gives no hint of what Reiss meant to impart in this painting, and the picture itself provides no clues. The work remains a mystery, although the concepts of self-discovery, divine intervention and hope for the future will remain with the observer forever. Given that Reiss painted this piece soon after the end of the Second World War, one can only imagine that the French artist had seen much during this time and was inspired by his experiences to produce this uplifting work. Whilst deceptively subtle, upon longer inspection the soft pastels begin to harden upon the eye with time, and what was at first glance an innocuous image gradually becomes a striking one. Despite being far from the usual classical fare that we normally partake of, this piece struck our selectors as striking, and will suit the discerning client who wishes to add depth to a drawing room, lounge, office or recreational area. Clients with a penchant for music will be particularly interested, as the harp is a rare instrument that represents sophistication, antiquity and an appreciation of the “finer things in life”.