Penelope Milner, Leonardo On His Land

DESCRIPTION

A large characterful oil on canvas by award-winning British artist, Penelope Milner (1961- ), depicting her good friend, Leonardo tying up twigs on his land. We recently discussed the painting with Penelope and she provided the following description.

“I painted this picture during a painting trip to Puglia in southern Italy. Leonardo and his family became great friends. Sometimes we gave a hand helping him work on his land. This picture was done in Spring. I honestly can't remember why he was tying up bundles of twigs… I think they were the vine clippings after he'd shown how to prune them in his vineyard. He made his own wine and his family lived mainly from the land. It was a wonderful time and it's a pleasure to see this picture again.”

Penelope studied fine art at the Aberystwyth University of Wales and moved to France in 1988, after a time spent in Italy. She’s best known for her works in pastels and has been nominated ‘Maitre Pastelliste’ by the French Pastel Society.

Her other accolades include the Annie Longley award in 2018, the Prix du Publique Pastel en Perigord in 2011, and the Windsor and Newton Young Artist Award in 1985 (when this particular painting was created). Exhibition venues are numerous and include the Galerie Auriel, Toulouse, The Royal Academy, London, The Mall Gallery, London, and the Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture a l’eau, Paris.

Her works are held within private collection throughout the UK, Europe and the US. You can find out more about Penelope by visiting her website at www.penelopemilner.net.

Medium Oil on canvas
Size including frame
52⅓” x 40” 133cm x 102cm x 6cm
Year of creation
1985
Condition
Very good overall with no issues.

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