Charles Caryl COLEMAN
(Buffalo 1840 - Capri 1928)
A View of Vesuvius from Capri
Signed with the artist’s monogram and dated Sept.-20th / 1901 in blue chalk at the lower left.
184 x 305 mm. (7 1/4 x 12 in.) [image]
251 x 344 mm. (9 7/8 x 13 1/2 in.) [sheet]
As another review of a later exhibition of Coleman’s work, held at the Albright Art Gallery in the artist’s native city of Buffalo in 1916, noted, ‘The group of pastels, drawings and tempera which Mr. Coleman aptly designates as “Songs of Vesuvius” date mostly from 1906, when the memorable eruption took place. They are in the truest sense lyrics of art, delicate fleeting notes of exquisite color in which the majesty of an awful natural phenomenon is interpreted with great seriousness, yet made to serve as a basis for a sensuous effect, extraordinarily light, subtle and tender. The Vesuvian pieces alone make a beautiful exhibition and by their unusual quality of color and composition attract alike both art lovers and students.’
This atmospheric pastel view of Vesuvius by Coleman is dated the 20th of September 1901. A stylistically comparable pastel of the volcano, executed during the eruption of April 1906, is today in the Brooklyn Museum, while also in the same collection is a much larger pastel of Vesuvius, dated December 1913.
Private collection, London.