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45 x 46 cm / 1'6" x 1'6"
67 x 68 cm / 2'2" x 2'2"
Oil on board
A Private Collection, Sydney
In this very striking and intriguing painting, Watson has bought together elements captured during his travels in Europe.
This is the first full frontal nude Watson has painted of Bel Ami's Dolph Lambert, who appears comfortable with the attention of the Carabinieri. He stands with a downcast gaze and is strangely incongruous to the high formality of the uniformed policemen, who's stance away from the viewer obscures his identity.
The strong contrast in light from the foreground to the background is a subtle feature providing an unusual depth to the picture plane in this painting.
Even the inanimate aeroplane, which the artist saw parked at Ibiza's airport, is draped in fabric reinforcing the scenes overall sense of intrigue.
"I have been a proud collector of Ross' paintings for many years. His art is astounding in its beauty, emotion, and reverence for our humanity and the world we live in. His attention to the smallest details, and use of light, dark and colour, rivals art's greatest masters."
James J. O'Donnell, Patron, art collector, NYC
"We are loving our new acquisition and we know that 'Nathan, view to Florence' will bring us endless years of joy. Thanks for sharing your talent. We love your work so keep it up!"
Paul Zahra and Duncan Peerman, Sydney
"As avid art collectors we are very proud to have Ross' stunningly handsome work in our collection. His art brings us great joy and we love to share his work with our friends and visitors. We were absolutely thrilled to recently add 'Two Soldiers' to our collection."
Christopher Cosier & Chris Webber, Sydney
"I purchased the original painting 10 years ago at your gallery during Mardi Gras and it has given me enormous pleasure ever since. I remember standing in the gallery for a couple of hours wondering if I should buy it. I have never regretted that decision."
Jon Anderson and Lance Johnson, Palm Springs
"Your art hanging around our home provides us with such pleasure, and we can’t wait for A-Bay to join the Ross Watson family."
Haydon Elliot and Greg Moses, Melbourne