Valentine Dobree (1894-1974):
Framed (ref: 9874)
Triptych: 2 x 7 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (18.5 x 19.5 cm). 1 x 7 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (18.5 x 29 cm)
Provenance: The Artist's Studio
Although they remain untraced, this collage is believed to have been part of the thirty-four works shown in Dobrée’s pivotal Claridge Gallery show of 1931. As part of The Sketch’s ‘Mariegold in Society’ column, the commentator remarked that ‘Upstairs, Valentine Dobree’s pictures are on view. They might also have been called mosaics, as they are made out of different coloured wall-paper cut out and pasted together to form Vorticist designs. She is not only ingenious in the construction of her works, but in titling them. (...) Her medium does not, as a rule, admit of brilliance, and I found the subdued tones of her patchwork pictures lovely.’ The Sketch, Wednesday 16th December, 1931. p. 461.
The art critic of The Times likewise reviewed this works in the following terms: 'Her designs, mostly cut out of patterned wallpapers, are definitely and very intelligently "cubist". Indeed the first response to them is the feeling that here at last is the proper application of an artistic formula that is never quite satisfactory in painting. The chief attraction is in colour, Mrs Dobrée producing enchanting effects in the schemes of grey-blue and buff. There is a lively invention in the designs, and they are carried out with the most subtle logic in tone relation and a happy use of textures.' (9 Dec. 1931)