Eva Frankfurther artist (1930-1959)

La Gorilla, Assisi (Study)

(private collection)

description A half-length portrait study of a young man in Assisi, Italy, seen in three quarter face view with eyes looking downward and head facing partly to the left. This swiftly executed drawing also relates to two oil paintings of the same title: one against a red background, the other against a blue. Contained in a letter to the artist's aunt, Vera Lachmann, the drawing dates from the artist's visit to Assisi in 1951 and is inscribed by her (lower centre) 'La Gorilla, Assisi'. A postscript also explains that the sitter is 'One of the children in Assisi whom the others called La Gorilla for some obscure reason. He certainly didn't look like one'.

date 1951

location Assisi, Italy

dimensions 23.6 x 14.8 cm

medium pencil on paper

reference k0518

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