The Wedding Party
Artist Statement: A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing. William Dobell.
Medium: Ink on paper
Dimensions: 14 x 17 cms
Date: London Era 1929 - 1938
CHG Director's Statement: There are two William Dobell paintings with a wedding theme - The Bride 1944, of the Sydney Era and Drunken Bridesmaid 1936, of the London Era. These paintings have come from the same wedding although they have been painted 8 years apart. Many of Dobell’s early works in Sydney were based on sketches from London.
This work is likely to be a sketch from the wedding of Aegus Gabrielide. He was the model for The Cypriot.
This work was created in 1941. Gabrielide was a model at the Slade School in London. He and Dobell became quite good friends and Dobell was asked to be best man at his wedding. Dobell arrived at the wedding to discover he was to be one of seven 'best men' - seven for luck apparently - so he sat at the back of the church instead of being a best man and having to wear a wreath of orange blossom on his head!!
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