Fortunino Matania: Reception at India Office on the King's Birthday, June 25th 1912 - on Art WW I


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Fortunino Matania:
Reception at India Office on the King's Birthday, June 25th 1912

Framed (ref: 6664)
Signed, inscribed to reverse with titel and extensive notes to the printer
Pencil, black chalk, pen and black ink and grey wash heightened with white, on board; 
14 x 21 in. (36 x 53.3 cm.)

Tags: Fortunino Matania chalk ink panel pencil print men No Mans Land Commemorating World War I

Provenance: From the archives of the illustrated London News; Christies 7.10,.2014, lot 20

In 1904, Matania joined the staff of The Sphere where some of his most famous work was to appear, including his illustrations of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.   His reputation was further enhanced by WW1 through which he became  acclaimed for his graphic and realistic images of trench warfare.

IN 1912 the Royal Flying Corps was established.  The RMS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg. Over 1500 crew and passengers died.

The Blue Rider Almanac was  published in Munich, containing reproductions of more than 140 multi-ethnic artworks, articles on the visual arts and music and Vasilly Kandinsky's experimental theater composition The Yellow Sound.

Austrian writer Frida Strindberg opens The Cave of the Golden Calf, a London nightclub decorated by Spencer Gore, Wyndham Lewis, Charles Ginner and Jacob Epstein with its motif by Eric Gill; it becomes a haunt of Futurists.

In Paris, Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger publish the first major treatise on Cubism, Du "Cubisme", followed by André Salmon's La jeune peinture française including Histoire anecdotique du cubisme.

Exhibition of Italian Futurism transfers from Paris to the Sackville Gallery in London, organised by Robert René Meyer-Sée.

Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition organized by Roger Fry in London.


Albert Gleizes, 1912, l'Homme au Balcon, 

Giacomo Balla – Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash

Vanessa Bell – Three portraits of her sister Virginia Woolf

George Bellows – Men of the Docks

David Bomberg – Vision of Ezekiel

Pierre Bonnard – St Tropez, Pier

John Currie – Some Later Primitives and Madame Tisceron

Marcel Duchamp – Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2

Roger Fry - Portrait of Edith Sitwell

Wyndham Lewis – Smiling Woman Ascending a Stair

Amedeo Modigliani – Tête (sculpture)

Piet Mondrian – Gray Tree

William Orpen – Portrait of Gardenia St. George With Riding Crop

Pablo Picasso -Still Life with Chair Caning

Stanley Spencer – The Nativity

IN 1912 Jackson Pollock, (d.1956) Conroy Maddox, (d. 2005) and Keith Vaughan,  (d.1977) were born.

Elizabeth Forbes,  (born 1859); and Lawrence Alma-Tadema,  (born 1836) died

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