Michael Canney (1923-1999):
La Voce de la Lune, 1976–1984
Framed (ref: 472)
Signed, titled and dated on the reverse
Oil on panel
4 x 14 in. (10.2 x 35.6 cm)
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Provenance: Madeline Canney (no. 125)
Framed in a white gessoed shadow box with matching broad bevelled slip, non reflective museum glass
During the eight-year period that elapsed between Canney starting and finishing this picture, his work underwent a considerable, if subtle, stylistic change: the final stage in his journey from the abstract expressionism of the 1950s to the saturated and considered geometric work, mostly in alkyd, of the 1980s. In 1984 he moved from Cornwall to Italy, setting up his studio in a medieval hill-top village near Sienna. The significance of the title is unclear but this painting predates the film by Fellini La voce della luna, (made in 1990).
We are grateful to Christoper Gange and Robert Miller for assistance.