20 1/8 x 16 1/8 in
Mother and Child brings together the range of influences over his work and painters he admired. Meninsky was an artist who could appreciate equally Massacchio, Leonardo, Greek sculpture and also the drawings of Rodin and paintings of Cezanne and Picasso. It is not recorded whether Meninsky actually visited the famous Post Impressionist exhibition at the Grafton Galleries in 1910-1911, but this influence over his work a this time is evident. Mother and Child shares with Cezanne a strong sense of volume and a similar range of colour. Furthermore these monumental figures painted expressive movement and elegant poise within a stage like woodland glade have the feel of Meninsky's commissions for the theatre and stage designs which were strongly inspired by early Italian fresco painting. In 1913 he had worked for Gordon Craig at the Arena Goldoni in Florence and in 1935 for Markove-Dolin Company's famous production of the ballet David.
ProvenancePrivate Collection, UK
Offer Waterman & Co, London, 2008, from where acquired
Private Collection, London